The Paralympic Games is an international multi-sport event for disabled athletes, held every four years, the same as Olympic Games years. There is also a winter version of the Paralympic Games.
The precursor to the Paralympic Games was an event organized in 1948 for Second World War veterans with spinal injuries. Seventy years on, the Paralympics is an integral part of the Olympic Games program, being hosted in the same city as the able-bodied Olympic Games, and a short time afterwards. See more history of the Paralympics.
- Showdown at the Paralympics [Feb '23]
- Demonstration Paralympic Sports [Feb '23]
- Discontinued Paralympic Sports [Mar '22]
- Paralympic Games Firsts [Mar '22]
- Precision Javelin event [Mar '22]
- Science and the Paralympics [Oct '21]
- Vision Impaired Athletes [Sep '21]
- Who has the most Paralympic medals [Sep '21]
- Paralympics medal results [Aug '21]
- Paralympic Athlete Profiles [Aug '21]
There is a lighting ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, a tradition started for the London 2012 Paralympics. It is expected that the Paralympic Torch is lit at Stoke Mandeville Stadium before every Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.
The next Paralympics will be the Summer Paralympics will be held in Paris 2024. The 2026 Winter Paralympics in Milan Cortina.
- Athletes compete in six classification categories, graded by severity. See Details of the Classification Categories
- There are currently 22 summer Paralympic sports. See Details of Sports on the Paralympic Program
- Over 100 countries have participated at the Paralympic Games. See Details of Participating Countries, and results.
- The Paralympic Athletes are generally not well-known, but have achieved some significant results.
- Science and the Paralympics, a challenge for the sport scientist.
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