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    Summer Paralympic Games Overview

    Summer Paralympic Games Overview
    Year Location Disabilities included Nº. of Countries Nº. of Athletes Highlights
    2016 Rio (BRA) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres, Intellectually Disability TBC 4,350 Para-Canoe and Para-Triathlon added as sports bringing total number to 22
    2012 London (GBR) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres, Intellectually Disability 164 4,237 After an absence of 12 years intellectually disabled athletes competed in athletics, swimming and table tennis
    2008 China (CHN) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 146 3,951 Rowing added as sport. Cumulated TV audience of 3.8 billion
    2004 Athens (GRE) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 135 3,808 Football 5-a-side added as a sport
    2000 Sydney (AUS) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres, Intellectually Disabled 122 3,881 Sailing and Wheelchair Rugby added as sports. Record ticket sales
    1996 Atlanta (USA) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres, Intellectually Disabled 104 3,259 Equestrian added as a sport. Track cycling added as a dis
    1992 Barcelona (ESP) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 83 3,001 Event benchmark in organizational excellence
    1988 Seoul (KOR) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 61 3,057 Judo and Wheelchair Tennis added as sports. Co-operation between Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committees. Shared venues with Olympics which has continued ever since
    1984 Stoke Mandeville (GBR) & New York (USA) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 41 (GBR) 45 (USA) 1,100 (GBR) 1,800 (USA) Football 7-a-side and Boccia added as sports. Cycling added as a discipline. Wheelchair Racing included as demonstration event at Olympic Games
    1980 Arnhem (NED) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Les Autres 42 1,973 Sitting Volleyball added as a discipline. Events for athletes with Cerebral Palsy included
    1976 Toronto (CAN) Spinal injury, Amputee, Visual Impairment, Les Autres 38 1,657 First use of specialized racing wheelchairs. Volleyball (Standing), Goalball and Shooting added as sports
    1972 Heidelberg (GER) Spinal injury 43 984 First quadriplegic competition added. Demonstration events for visually impaired athletes
    1968 Tel Aviv (ISR) Spinal injury 29 750 Lawn Bowls added as a sport
    1964 Tokyo (JAP) Spinal injury 21 375 Weightlifting added as a sport
    1960 Rome (ITA) Spinal injury 23 400 First Games with a disability held in same venues as Olympic Games
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