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Paralympics

[per′əlim′piks]
Etymology: paraplegic + Olympics
an international competitive wheelchair sports event, usually held in association with the official quadrennial Olympic Games. Also called ParaOlympics.
An international multi-sport event in which participants are elite athletes with physical or visual impairments including paraplegia and quadriplegia, amputations, and cerebral palsy

Paralympics

Sports medicine An international sports competition in which participants are elite athletes with physical or visual impairments, representing 4 intl federations for the blind, paraplegics and quadriplegics, amputees, people with cerebral palsy. Cf Special Olympics.

paralympics

the competitive events regularly held 'parallel to the Olympics' for disabled sportspeople. In the late 1940s Ludwig Guttmann, medical director of the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injuries Unit, who had made wheelchair games a feature of rehabilitation, initiated competitive events in archery, netball and table tennis for his paraplegic patients. In 1952 he invited a small Dutch team to join in the local games, and this first international event led to his inauguration of the paralympics in Rome in 1960, with 400 wheelchair athletes. By 2004 successive occasions had extended the range of disabilities included, and there were 19 events for 4000 participants from 136 countries. See also spinal injury.
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There can be no doubt that the IPC and the Paralympic Movement would not be where it is today without the support and cooperation of the IOC.
The Government of Canada is proud to see the Paralympic movement grow stronger and stronger, with athletes who continue to inspire all Canadians, especially our youth.
Azerbaijan made its Paralympic Games debut at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta, competing in track and field and powerlifting.
The first Paralympic Games were held in 1960 and since the first Winter Paralympic Games in 1976 the tradition has been carried on for both Winter and Summer Games.
She won silver on that occasion, as well as bronze in Sochi, making her GB's most decorated Paralympic curler.
Yakiv Smolii said that the NBU was proud of the accomplishments of Ukrainian Paralympic athletes, their zest for life, and strong desire to win.
since 2002, when the Paralympic Winter Games were held in Salt Lake City.
DePace will be recognised for his almost 50 years of work which has contributed to all levels of the Paralympic Movement.
The Paralympic Order honors someone who has exemplified the Paralympic ideals or rendered outstanding services to the movement while the Asian Order, awarded to Barredo recently in Bangkok, is the highest accolade given by the Asian Paralympic Committee.
Bani Rashid affirmed the importance of the mutual coordination between the Paralympic Federation and Oman Paralympic Committee to promote sport of the disabled in the Sultanate.
As Worldwide IT Partner to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Atos delivered the IT systems, supported the recruitment of volunteers and issued accreditations to all participants including media and athletes.
Masoud Ashrafi, the secretary general of Iran's National Paralympic Committee told Press Association Sport: "There is one bitterness and one sweetness.