Summer Paralympic Games Sports

Athletes compete in up to 22 Sports at the Summer Paralympics (and six at the Winter Paralympics), as listed below. Within many of the sports are several disciplines or events, with the number and kinds of events changing from one Paralympic Games to another.

Rowing was added to the program in 2008. The 2012 Paralympic Games program included 20 sports and 21 disciplines. Canoe and triathlon made their debuts at Rio 2016. Badminton and taekwondo are set to make their Paralympic debuts at the 2021 Games.

Goalball, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball have men's and women's events, Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed event, while the football event is only open to male competitors.

a paralympic sprinter at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games a paralympic sprinter at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Current list of summer paralympic sports (as for Tokyo 2021)

  1. Archery (since 1960)
  2. Athletics (since 1960)
  3. Boccia (since 1984)
  4. Cycling: Track & Road cycling (since 1984)
  5. Equestrian (since 1996)
  6. Football 5-a-Side (since 2004) - for vision imparied
  7. Goalball (since 1980)
  8. Judo (since 1988)
  9. Para-Badminton (since 2021)
  10. Paracanoe (since 2016)
  11. Paratriathlon (since 2016)
  12. Para-Taekwondo (since 2021)
  13. Powerlifting (since 1984)
  14. Rowing (since 2008)
  15. Shooting (since 1976)
  16. Sitting Volleyball (since 1976)
  17. Swimming (since 1960)
  18. Table tennis (since 1960)
  19. Wheelchair Basketball (since 1960)
  20. Wheelchair Fencing (since 1960)
  21. Wheelchair Rugby (since 2000)
  22. Wheelchair Tennis (since 1992)
a goalball game a goalball game for blind athletes

Discontinued Summer Paralympic Sports

Sports Looking to be included in future Paralympics

Eight sports have applied for inclusion on the program for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

Three sport disciplines from sporting federations with sports which already feature on the Paralympic program have also put forward applications for new disciplines.

Other sports which have been considered for the Paralympics at other times


In 2010, para-badminton, intellectually impaired basketball, para-golf, powerchair football and para-taekwondo all applied to be part of the Rio 2016 Paralympic sports program but were unsuccessful. The successful sports were para-canoe and para-triathlon.


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