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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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