Lawn Bowls at the Paralympic Games

Lawn bowls is a subtle and precision sport where disabled individuals can equally compete with their able-bodied rivals. The game calls for rolling radially asymmetrical balls, which are referred to as lawn bowls, toward small white-colored ball target, which is referred to as Jack. The sport traces its roots to Great Britain in the 13th century. The South Hampton Old Bowling Green which was unfurled in 1299 is regarded as the oldest prevailing bowling green in the world.

Lawn bowls made its debut in the 1984 Paralympic Games, where competitors with vision and impairment and cerebral palsy strutted their wares in the lawn with pinpoint precision and wit. The sport was later scrapped in the 2000 edition of the Games.

The sport is usually played on a surface called “Bowling Green” which is divided into parallel playing strips dubbed as rinks. The objective of the game is to enable one or more bowls of the team get nearer to the Jack than that of the opposing team’s.

All of the lawn bowls players are categorized based on their disability. The lawn bowls classification system has eight sections and there are certain requirements that should be satisfied to determine what type of wheelchair an athlete can use during competition.


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