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The whole world is prepared as to the proximity of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Without taking away the merit of the sportsmen who present themselves, in all sincerity, to me, what excites me are the Paralympics. And, to open your mouth, here’s a hilarious video that the athletes of the next Paralympic Games have recorded. I assure you it leaves no one indifferent.
The Paralympics this year
This year, more than 170 countries are presenting themselves to these interesting games. The place, you already know by the media: Rio de Janeiro. There are some vacancies, and therefore, the official list will be confirmed shortly before the start of the competitions.
Sure, you still don’t know the start date (the Olympics are well-known). Therefore, the Paralympics Rio will be held from 7 to 18 September. More than 4,000 athletes present. Have been working hard to get there. The illusion and enthusiasm they are putting into the sport are undoubtedly conveyed to the spectator.
The performance of Paralympic athletes will take place in 21 areas, with the realization of the sports competitions and the corresponding opening and closing ceremonies. There are 23 sports we can enjoy. Among them, the following:
- Wheelchair basketball
- Speed canoeing
- Track cycling
- Route cycling
- Horse riding
- Wheelchair fencing
- Soccer to 5
- Football to 7
- Wheelchair Rugby
- Table tennis
- Wheelchair tennis
- Sitting volleyball
A little history never hurts
The Paralympic Games were founded in 1960 by Lowing Guttmann. They were designed so that people with disabilities of various kinds (physical, mental and sensory) could participate in international sports competitions such as the Olympics – without being at a disadvantage.
The beginnings (before the Paralympics were founded) date from 1948. British veterans of World War II who had been left with some kind of disability began meeting at small sporting events. Little by little, this practice took on greater dimensions until the aforementioned foundation of 1960.
The first disabled athletes started competing in the Olympics. Thus, gymnast George Eyser was the first German-American to compete, in 1904, with a prosthesis in a lower limb. In 1948 and 1952, Karoly Takas participated in the Olympic Games in the shooting mode (as his right arm had been amputated, he fired with his left arm). There are Paralympics summer Paralympics of winter. They are held in parallel to the Olympics.
The Paralympic Charter: an international declaration against discrimination
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the ICC (International Paralympic Committee) signed an agreement in 2001 pledging that all countries holding the Olympics would also be required to organize the Paralympics.
In addition, in the Paralympic Charter, the IOC states that “the practice of sport is a human right. Each individual has the possibility to practice a sport, without being discriminated against and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding, solidarity and friendship… any form of discrimination oriented to a country, race, religion, politics or gender is incompatible with the Olympic movement.”