French Alps and Salt Lake City-Utah to stage 2030 and 2034 Paralympic Winter Games, respectively

French Alps and Salt Lake City-Utah to stage 2030 and 2034 Paralympic Winter Games, respectively

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Angelica Bernal is confident as chase of 'Paralympic dream' continues

Angelica Bernal is confident as chase of 'Paralympic dream' continues

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Kgothatso Montjane shares training routine

Kgothatso Montjane shares training routine

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Meet Angelica Bernal, Colombia's wheelchair tennis star🌟🎾

Meet Angelica Bernal, Colombia's wheelchair tennis star🌟🎾

Colombia's Angelica Bernal still remembers the first time she played wheelchair tennis. Since then, Bernal competed at three Paralympic Games, and she is preparing to compete at Paris 2024. Discover what she enjoys most about the sport and her expectations for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, which open on 28 August. The International Paralympic Committee's vision is to make for an inclusive world through Para sport. Our mission is to lead the Paralympic Movement, oversee the delivery of the Paralympic Games and support members to enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence.

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Yukinobu Ike ready to lead Japan to wheelchair rugby gold

Three years after finishing the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with a bronze medal, Japan wheelchair rugby captain Yukinobu Ike is ready to lead his team to the top of the podium at Paris 2024.

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A female wheelchair rugby athlete plays with male players.

USA wheelchair rugby pioneer Sarah Adam ready to make history

Sarah Adam is set to become the first woman to represent Team USA in wheelchair rugby at a Paralympic Games. As she prepares for her Paralympic debut, she shares how she started the sport and what it means for her

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TO THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Paris 2024 PARALYMPIC GAMES

28 Aug - 08 Sep 2024

TO THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Milano Cortina 2026 PARALYMPIC GAMES

06 - 15 Mar 2026

TO THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LA28 PARALYMPIC GAMES

15 - 27 Aug 2028
About the Paralympic Games

About the Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games are the largest global sporting event for athletes with disabilities and have taken place every four years since the inaugural edition in Rome, Italy, in 1960. In 1976, the first Winter Games were held in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden and featured 198 athletes from 16 countries.

Following the 1988 Games in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and the Winter Games in Albertville, France in 1992, the Paralympic and Olympic Games have been held in the same city. The next Paralympic Games will be held in Paris in 2024, followed by LA28 and Brisbane 2032. The next winter edition is Milano Cortina 2026.

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About the IPC

About the IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Founded on 22 September 1989 as a non-profit organisation, we aim to be athlete-centred and membership-focussed in all our endeavours.

Through partnerships with more than 200 member organisations, we leverage Para sport to advance the lives of the 1.2 billion individuals with disabilities across the globe.

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Paralympics history

Paralympics history

Sport for athletes with an impairment has existed for more than 100 years. It was not until after World War II, however, that it was widely introduced. The purpose of it at that time was to assist the large number of war veterans and civilians who had been injured during wartime.

On 29 July 1948, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic Games, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organised a competition for wheelchair athletes at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Great Britain. Sixteen injured servicemen and women took part in archery at the inaugural Stoke Mandeville Games, which later became the Paralympic Games.

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What is classification?

What is classification?

Classification is the cornerstone of the Paralympic Movement; it determines which athletes are eligible to compete in a sport and how athletes are grouped together for competition. In Para sports, athletes are grouped by the degree of activity limitation resulting from the impairment. This, to a certain extent, is similar to grouping athletes by age, gender or weight.

Classification aims to minimise the impact of the impairment on athletes' performance so that the sporting excellence determines which athlete or team is ultimately victorious. Ensuring that athletes are classified prior to competing is crucial to safeguarding the integrity and credibility of the competition.

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What are the Paralympic sports?

What are the Paralympic sports?

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recognises a total of 28 Paralympic sports. The 22 summer sports are Para archery, Para athletics, Para badminton, blind football, boccia, Para canoe, Para cycling, Para equestrian, goalball, Para judo, Para powerlifting, Para rowing, shooting Para sport, sitting volleyball, Para swimming, Para table tennis, Para taekwondo, Para triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.

Winter sports include Para alpine skiing, Para biathlon, Para cross-country skiing, Para ice hockey, Para snowboard, and wheelchair curling.

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