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Paralympic Games Hosts

The first Paralympic Games were held in 1960 in Rome, the first Winter Paralympics in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden in 1976. The current Summer Paralympics are being held in 2021 in Tokyo, and the next Winter Paralympics will be held in Beijing China in 2022.

In 1948, the precursor to what we now know as the Paralympic Games was an event organized by Sir Ludwig Guttman in Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom, for Second World War veterans with spinal injuries. By 1960 the event had evolved to an Olympic-style Games with participants from all over the world.

The Paralympics are now held shortly after the Olympic Games in the same host city. See below the complete list of Summer Paralympic Games host cities, and also our list of Winter Paralympics, and Summer and Winter Olympic Games host cities.

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