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The Paralympics has been in the limelight for several years now and for all the right reasons. The athletes taking part in the games showcase courage, strength and resilience that must be celebrated and acknowledged. They fight against all the odds and overcome every obstacle that they might face on their way to the fulfilment of their dreams. They fight but never give up, and this is what matters the most. Paralympians teach what it is to live and fight through challenges. With the 2020 Paralympics just around the corner, we thought it would be the best to put together an article that talks about the rules and regulations in simple terms for a better understanding of the games.
The Paralympics is just like the Olympics but one that looks into the needs of the differently-abled athletes. It provides them with the reassurance that all is not over, and their physical disabilities must never be something that weighs them down and prevents them from pursuing their dreams. This section provides an idea about the scope and application of the Paralympics for your holistic understanding.
The IPC is the International Federation that is the body which governs the sports involved in the Para Athletics. This body sees to it that the rules and regulations framed for the Para Athletes are maintained and followed throughout every event so that no one resorts to any unfair means while during the course of the games. Every athlete must follow these rules and regulations so that the events are conducted with the best of intentions and ethically.
The rules that govern the Paralympics are subject to changes and amendments. After the Paralympics conclude every year, the IPC shall conduct a review meeting and process of the rules and regulations, so that they are updated and kept in tandem with the evolving needs of the Para Athletes for the upcoming years. These athletes need to be tended to and looked after as much as possible. Therefore, an amendment of these rules holds prime importance and is imperative for the smooth functioning of the games.
Rules and regulations, as much as some of us would hate them, are essential and required for the effective functioning of things. They are vital in keeping things in place and are especially crucial in sporting events like the Olympics and the Paralympics. You cannot imagine of a world where rules and regulations are not implemented. Any event without rules and regulations put in proper place shall descend into chaos and find itself amidst a hullaballoo. In the case of the Paralympics, they serve to be more critical than ever before since these rules are the ones that keep the differently-abled athletes in the prime of their form.
Japan has held Olympics before in 1964 but this year’s Olympics will be different, there have been certain inclusion and exclusion in various games but as far as the fervor surrounding the games is concerned, Olympics does stand out from other regional sporting events. More than 11,000 athletes are expected to participate in games and Paralympics will see the participation of more than 1000 athletes.
She is the first Japanese to win 5 National Championship championships. The 18-year-old will bid for her long-desired gold in the Olympic Games at the 2020 Olympics and lock. During the 2018 Asian games, this Japanese competitor won an unprecedented number of medals. Rikako is known to be a potential gold medallist at the Games, having won 6 gold medals at the Asian games.
Hailing from India, Mary has been a boxing world champion for five years. Mary Kom was voted Best Asian Female Athlete. Going by her ring name, MC Mary KOM, she is the only individual in each championship who has managed to pull out a trophy.
Lu Minja, 27 years old, is from Taiwan. During her service, she has both international and national competitions. She also led China at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. see was also the winner of the Chinese National Games held in 2009. She is a competitor in track and field and won a gold medal at the 2012 Asian Indoor Athletics Championship and the 2015 Asian Athletics Championship.
Chen Aisen, a gold-medallist, is from China. The 24-year-old athlete has won a gold medal in the men’s individual 10m platform. He has been a double gold medallist at the summer gold medallist in the 2016 Olympics. The Chinese diver also won a gold medal in the 10 m race for men’s ladder.
Yuzuru, 24, is a Japanese skater in the figure. He competes in the single for athletes and is a double-time Olympic champion. Not only globally but he also won numerous prizes in Japan’s national championships. He has remained a two-time world champion, four-time grand Prix champion and been a Japanese national champion four-times.
Needs no introduction to the Japanese baseball player. He has a net worth between $90 million to $7 million per annum. The baseball player serves as Major League Baseball outfielder. The baseball talent has given him a reputation on foreign media and not just in Japan, but he’s also a well-known international viewer. Popularly known as Ichiro, he receives $2 million in salary.
The Chinese tennis player is a symbol in China itself. She has a net worth of $50 million, popularly known for her funny speeches, and continues to be the wealthiest female athlete. Besides that, in China, Li Na is receiving massive promotions and advertising. She has two grand slams to her credit and is a well-known name among other countries ‘ sports.
24-year-old Muslim Athlete produced history by scaling a 15-meter wall in 7.51 seconds during their IFSC cup. The Indonesian competitor has been dubbed a spider woman because of her 2018 win in the International Sport Climbing Federation (IFSC) cup. She has won a gold medal in speed climbing at 2018 Asian games.
Mao Asada is a three-time Figure Skating World Champion. The 29-year-old competitor, originally from Japan, was a four-time Grand Prix winner and an Olympic silver medallist in 2010. She started skating when she was 5 years old and progressed from regional clubs until she made her debut in the international and national skating competitions.
Saina is a well-known Indian name. She’s got 24 prizes in her cup and hit 2nd place in 2009. The 29-year-old Indian player, very well established for her badminton talents, achieved her no. 1 spot in 2015. She is the only Indian female athlete to achieve the rank.
Asia does provide its share of talented players to the world championships and from boxing to table tennis, there is no dearth of talent. Compiling in a top ten list will be an injustice to all other talented players but for the sake of the discourses, some players do attract the public eye more than the others. The thing about games is anybody can climb to higher spots and with the 2020 Olympics approaching faster, we can only anticipate new faces to rise to the summit of the sporting world.
Initially, it was exclusively for war veterans but over time, the game entered its current phase and became available to other disabled players. The games were the first broadcast in Canada in 1976 and hit half a million residents in Toronto, Canada. The televised events gave the movement new wings. In 1960 Rome hosted the first Paralympics. The game past goes back a long time too, but if the formal involvement of the participants were to be remembered, 1960 remains a benchmark in Paralympic culture.
Natalie du Toit:
At the age of 17, he won his first gold and then went on to win three gold medals at the Olympics in Beijing. The competitor from South Africa is no newcomer to none. As an infant, Natalie lost her legs because of the congenital defect. So far he has competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in men’s 400 m and 4* 400 M. Besides that, the athlete won a case to compete in able-bodied competitions.
The athlete is a Swedish shooter. The man has 17 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze medals in his record for being paralyzed from the waist down. He participated in nine summer Paralympics and in 2008, he won his 16th gold medal.
Ragnhild Myklebust – skier
Paralympians empower and motivate people with physical impairments to enjoy their life to the fullest. Another proof of that is the name of Ragnhild. The athlete is suffering from polio but notwithstanding that, Myklebust has not allowed it to come in between his dreams. Ragnhild holds the highest number of medals won in Winter Paralympics by any athlete. Between 1988 to 2002 the Norwegian Skier had 22 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. He still carries awards from other disciplines such as cross country running and ice sled racing.
David Lee Pearson – horse rider
The success of the athlete has gone up from 2002-2012 since collecting his 34 gold medals, rendering him the participant with the largest number of medals won at the European Paralympic level(Watch This). His recognition involves a Member of the order of the British Empire for services to disabled sport in 2001. He was subsequently honored by the association for his undoubted contributions to the event.
Franz Nietlispach :
Franz has quite a number of careers in Paralympics and holds a political office in Switzerland. The Swiss athlete is in Athletics with 14 gold, 6 silver, and 1 bronze medal. Nietlispach also has a bronze medal in cycling, adding to all of the medals he has earned. He competed in Summer Paralympics from 1976 – 2008 acquiring a number of medals for his home country. In 1976 and 1980, he contested table tennis also.
Natalia Partyka and Michael Edgson
Born without the right arm, Partyka bagged three gold, one silver, and one bronze medals. Natalia is the youngest Paralympian ever to be seen. Her 2000 Paralympics debut was at the Sydney games. Michael Edson is a name worthy of consideration in the Paralympic world. Since the age of 14, Edgson has contested various contests designed for handicapped and able-bodied athletes. He has nine world records in basketball and 18 gold medals in his career. The BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award, now retired, was also won by Micahel.
Paralympians are not just competitors but icons that empower not disabled people, but people in general. The amount of hard work a Paralympian brings into his performance is like none. There has been a positive change over its acceptability and excitement that follows it since the day the games were introduced to the world. For comparison, the tournaments for this year will see the inclusion of two new games on the final sports chart. Taekwondo and Badminton will make their Paralympic debut among the existing sports and 540 events. Tokyo Games will be broadly televised, and the same can also be caught on different internet channels. About 180,000 individuals have enrolled to be participants in the games according to the International Paralympic Committee. With so much fervor surrounding the Olympics, Paralympics are sure to steal from the big lot its share of the audience.
The International Paralympic Committee has been conducting Paralympics since 1960. Initially meant for veterans with impairments, the games gradually develop to include other players with disabilities. According to the agreement between the International Olympic Committee and the Paralympic committee, Paralympics will be held by the same country hosting the Olympics. This year Paralympics will be held in Tokyo and around 4000 athletes are expected to reach the country for participation. Around 180.000 people have already registered to be volunteers at the games. This year’s games will see the inclusion of Taekwondo and badminton in the gaming list with exclusion to sailing and 7-a-football.
Brazil – Ibrahim Hamato:
Brazil Paralympics will be remembered for a lot of things and one of them is Ibrahim Hamato. The Egyptian table tennis player is an inspiration in himself. Though he didn’t make it to the victory, his struggle with the paddle and coming to outbrave with excellence in the sport will always remain an inspiration not just to Paralympian’s but also to people in general who always need someone to look up to.
Matt couldn’t find a job in his life given that he has no arms but that didn’t deter him from seeking his dreams and making them true. Every time he holds a bow, it’s a struggle in itself and many of us can’t even think about it. In 2016 Olympics, matt hit the target with his feet winning the Guinness World Record for archery’s farthest accurate shot from a distance of 283.47m. The record was previously held by an able-bodied athlete. This moment gained Stutzman his goodwill among the audience.
Before Barbara Niewiedział could finish on the Rio track, she fell down on the ground. He untimely stumble brought her a bronze medal in the race as she got up to see the scoreboard. The win was followed by applause from the crowd who were flabbergasted to see the outcome.
An accident in 2001 resulted in the severe injuries of ex-F1 racer Alex Zanardi. Exactly after 15 years, the athlete was back on the same track as a Paralympic driver. He won the para-cycling event on the same track that injured him 15 years ago. He went on to win another gold in the H2-5 mixed team relay.
David has made an unforgettable name for himself in the field of Paralympic cycling. He has won six marathons and six gold medals since 2008. The athlete suffers included in the T54 category, has pulled off 1500m, the 5000m and also the marathon in just 10 days. Among the stars of Paralympics, David is considered one of the pioneers of the sports events. Despite the injuries, the player continues to inspire millions like him to come out of their fears and live their life to the fullest.
Mohamad Ridzuan Mohamad Puzi:
Malaysia had remained alien to winning a gold medal in the international Paralympics until Ridzuan made his debut in the sports event. Mohamad claimed his country’s first win in Rio Olympics as well as setting a new Paralympics record. He managed to win two medals at the event. His unquenchable thirst for victory not just elevated his image in the gaming arena but also uplifted the sporting picture of his home country.
Paralympian’s are examples of courage and symbols of inspiration. Ever since the Paralympics were started in the 1960’s, there has been a gradual increase in the participation of players all across the world. NGO’s are helping athletes with impairments to go through the application processes and countries are training their athletes with much more fervour. Over the last few years and due to the awareness about the games, Paralympics will remain the main attraction of the Tokyo games in 2020. With strong broadcasting partners in Japan and outside, most of the games will be live broadcasted on Paralympic channels and YouTube channels. For 22 sports, 540 events will be held for the various athletes coming from over 190 countries.
The 2020 Paralympics is just around the corner, which thus, makes it quite an interesting time of the year to look through the profiles of all the Paralympians who are all expected to clinch a few Gold and Silver for their countries. The Paralympics reinstates our faith in the courage of human beings and emphasizes the idea that nothing is impossible. Therefore, in light of the topic, we shall now discuss about some of the athletes we can look forward to in the 2020 Paralympics.
Rose Hollerman and her team clinched Gold in the 2016 Paralympics held in Rio. This wheelchair-bound basketball team has been known to bring home several medals since the time they have been functional, and they are expected to bring glory to their country in the 2020 Paralympics as well. The athlete is thus, definitely the one to watch out for this time.
Deja Young debuted in the year 2015 and has been indomitable and unstoppable ever since. With a series of medals and laurels to her credit, she is that one athlete that you cannot miss out in this year’s Paralympics. All eyes, thus, shall be set on her as she plays for Gold in the 2020 Paralympics.
If you have been following Paralympics religiously, chances of you missing out on Chuck Aoki are rather slim. This athlete already has a Bronze and a Silver to his credit for wheelchair rugby and people all around the world are now looking forward to him winning a Gold in this year’s Paralympics.
Shawn Morelli is all set to emerge as one of the most successful athletes after having dominated the road race and track events in the year 2016. This year, all eyes are on her, and she is probably going to bring to Tokyo the much-deserved Gold and crave a niche for herself in the domain of Paralympics.
Antony Cotterill is that one name that you must pin all your hopes down to as he forms a dynamic duo with his partner David Wagner in wheelchair Tennis. They have won medals ever since they teamed up for the Paralympics 2004. There has not been a single Paralympics where the duo has not brought glory to their nation, and thus, we can hope that he continues doing the same in this year’s events too.
Paralympics has become an affair that every sports enthusiast wants to witness, and not just for the sheer show of strength and resilience in the face of odds, but also for the excellence in sporting events that these athletes portray. Therefore, these athletes are definitely the ones to root for in this year’s Paralympics.
Olympic 2020 is set to take place in Tokyo along with Paralympics. More than 11,000 athletes from 206 countries are expected to contest various games in the multi-sports events. With additions to certain games of Paralympics and Olympics, Tokyo Olympics will live up to its standard. This is not the first time Tokyo has held Olympics, but 2020 games will see the inclusion of baseball, softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing, and skateboarding in the final list of games. The fervor surrounding the events is already brimming up and people are getting ready to witness one of the best sporting events in the world.
This Japanese athlete scored a record number of medals in 2018 during Asian games. Having 6 gold medals won in the Asian games, Rikako is considered to be a potential gold medallist in the Olympics. She is the first Japanese to win 5 titles in the national championship. The 18-year-old will be competing in the 2020 Olympics and pin for her long-desired gold in the Olympic games.
Dinara runs a chess academy in Kazakhstan. She won her World Youth Chess Championships title in 2010 under the age of 14 category and was selected as the ambassador of the UN Children’s Fund 2017. She is a 4-time world champion of Chess and has been playing the game since she was 5-year old.
The Indonesian athlete is nicknamed spider woman due to her victory in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) cup in 2018. She also won a gold medal in speed climbing in Asian games held in 2018. 24-year old Muslim Athlete created history during her IFSC cup by climbing a 15-meter wall in 7.51 seconds.
Mary Kom has been awarded as the best female Asian athlete. Known by her ring name MC Mary KOM, she is the only woman who has managed to pull off a medal in each of the championships. Hailing from India, Mary has remained a five-time world boxing champion.
Mao Asada is a three-time world champion is Figure Skating. Originally from Japan, the 29-year old athlete has been a four-time Grand Prix champion and an Olympic silver medallist in 2010. She started skating at the age of 5 and went on from regional clubs until she made her debut in the international and national skating championships.
17-year old Gaurika has held many national championships in swimming from Nepal. She has two silver and three bronze medals in the South Asian games of 2016. Apart from that Singh has four gold medals in South Asian Games that were held in Nepal.
Saina is a well-known name in India. She has got 24 medals in her bowl as well as reaching no 2 in 2009. Very well known for her badminton skills, the 29-year old athlete from India reached her no 1 spot in 2015. She is the only female Indian athlete to achieve that position.
27-year old Lu Minja is from China. She has international as well as national championships in her career. She represented China in Asian games of 2010 and 2014. Also was the winner of the National games of china held in 2009. She is a track and field athlete and has won a gold medal at Asian Indoor Athletics Championship in 2012, and the 2015 Asian Athletics championship.
Christy Yiu Kit-Ching:
Ching is an athlete from Hong Kong. The 32-year old athlete has a record-breaking career in long-distance running. She participated in the world championship held in China and the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janerio. You set a new personal record in the marathon running in the Olympic games held in Rio De Janerio.
Asia has no dearth of Athletes from Sania Nehwal to Son Heung-Min, but this year’s Olympics will see new faces being introduced in the gaming arena. Among the thousands of athletes, new records are meant to be broken or set right, but as far as sportsmanship is concerned, with more and more nations spending tons of money to train their players for the competition, standard of the gaming performance should be left to our imaginations. Be it Track and field or swimming, one thing can be guaranteed that the enthusiasm games have will continue to be maintained.
This year’s Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The International Olympic Committee will include five new games into the existing list of games and these include softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing, and skateboarding. Japan has held Olympic games before in 1964, and this years games will attract a huge number of crowds from around the world. Apart from that around 11,000 athletes are expected to arrive in Tokyo for the participation. Preparations for the Olympics are already brewing up, not just in Japan but the whole world is getting ready for the multi-sport event, dedicating more time to training and preparation of the athletes.
Gold-medalist Chen Aisen hails from China. The 24-year-old athlete has won a gold medal in the men’s individual 10m platform. He has been a double gold medallist at the summer gold medallist in the 2016 Olympics. The Chinese diver also holds a gold medal in men’s 10m platform competition.
24-year-old Yuzuru is a Japanese figure skater. He competes in men’s single and is a two-time Olympic champion. Not only on an international basis, but he has won many medals in the national championships in Japan as well. He has remained a two-time world champion, four-time grand Prix champion and been a Japanese national champion four-times.
Lalu Muhammad Zohri:
Hailing from Indonesia, Zohri is the only Indonesian who has won 100m and 200m national records. 19-year-old Lalu is the only Asian holder of the IAAF World U20 Championships with a gold medal in his account. He also has a bronze medal in Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka. He also finished 2nd in world Championships held in Doha, Qatar. Dubbed as the “fastest man in South-east Asia”, Indonesian track-and-field sprinter qualified for the 2020 Olympics during the 2019 Seiko Golden Prix in Osaka.
Sri Lankan Karlsson is the first athlete from the country to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. Mathilda is a jumping athlete She scored a third-place earlier in GP of San Remo. She has been in sports since she was thirteen years old. Mathilda made the decision of competing for her home country when she visited Sri Lanka for a holiday in 2017.
Bangladesh is set to contest in the Tokyo Olympics. The country will introduce its first-ever archer in the games. 24-year-old Ruman Shana will be representing his country in the gaming event. He has a bronze medal in 2019 World Archery Championships and secured three international medals in 2019. He won two gold medals at First Asian Grand Prix 2014 and another in International Archery Tournament 2017, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
India has a long history of producing talented athletes throughout history. Neeraj Chopra will compete in javelin throw in the 2020 Olympics. He won a gold medal in 2018 Asian games as well as 2018 commonwealth games. With two gold medals in his bag, expectations for the next milestone are very high.
29-year-old Karma is a Bhutanese archer from Thimphu, Bhutan. She started archery in 2009 and soon made her debut in 2012. Karma will become the first athlete from Bhutan to qualify for any sport. Bhutan has been participating in the Olympics since 1984 but on invitations. Karma’s selections mark a new era from the athletes from Bhutan. She won her archery spot during the Asian qualification tournament in Bankok.
This Japanese competitor has won an unprecedented number of medals at Asian games in 2018. Rikako is known to be a potential gold medallist at the Games, having won 6 gold medals at the Asian games. She is the first Japanese to win 5 National Championship championships. The 18-year-old will bid for her long-desired gold in the Olympic Games at the 2020 Olympics and pin.
Asia has no dearth of athletes whereas Olympics 2020 is concerned, new faces are expected to emerge. Among other countries, Asian countries continue to invest a hefty amount in preparation for their athletes. India will put its hopes on Saina Nehwal to maintain her gold-winning position while China’s Sun Yang is second to none. The world will see rival nations like India and Pakistan facing each other and trying to bag the prize. The gospel truth about the Olympic games is that nothing can be expected but as long as records are concerned, some are meant to be broken, others created.
The Invictus Games are set to take place in the Netherlands between 9-16 May 2020. Invictus has been derived from the poem of William Ernest Henley, which translates to unconquerable in Latin. The games are held every two years for the players with impairments. The events include sponsors like Jaguar but most of it is funded by the fines levied on Banks. The games were created by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry for the injured, wounded and sick armed personnel and anyone associated with them to contest nine sports.
Duke of Sussex founded the games in 2014 for armed services personnel. The inaugural games took place in London at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.400 athletes from 23 countries competed in a series of nine games that included wheelchair basketball, sitting basketball, and indoor rowing.
The games were made open for the injured and wounded armed services personnel along with their associates in 2014. Invictus can be called an event of its own but it’s inspired by Warrior games held in the United States. Like Invictus, Warrior games are multi-sport gaming events meant for injured veterans and their servicemen.
When the games were first launched, it was attended by Prince Harry himself and other important delegations of the U.K including the prime minister of the U.K as well as the Crown Prince of Denmark.
Up until 2016, the games will be held for humans only, but since many of the wounded personnel depend on their dogs during their service as well in their time to complete their daily activities, the dogs were allowed to compete in the games of 2016. Though it was unofficial, the contest accounted for the debut of the man’s best friend in the games.
The games will be studied by the researchers to understand the impact of the games on the Athletes. The competing athletes come from a harsh background and their past life has been difficult as well as the remnants of their earlier life are still visible in their physical forms. These things will be considered when studying about 400 athletes and the positive impact of the event on their overall being.
Australia introduced its first coin with the Braille text to honor the competing players(Must Watch). It comes in two forms with different rates. One AUD sells for $11 and there is also a gold version of it that amounts to $108 USD. The coins were minted to honor players with vision impairments.
Ever since the games started in 2014, there has been an increase in its popularity. Various organizations are helping athletes to compete for the competition, alone archery has seen a hike of 433% of Veteran signup whereas 633% has been recorded in powerlifting events.
The games have been modified to fit the player’s different capacities. Little different from the regular games, these modifications help the athletes to use their talent in the competition. The games may be a little different but the core rules remain the same with a promise of sportsmanship and a lot of hard work to win the game.
The games have seen the appearance of Barack Obama and Joe Biden during its initiation. However, the games attract sponsors like Jaguar and funding from Prince harry via his Royal Foundation. In 2014, funds also came from the fines levied on banks for manipulating currency exchange rates. $1,300,000 was made available to the games.
In its first inaugural matches, players from 14 countries were invited to the games. These included 8 from Europe, 2 from Asia, 2 from North America and 2 from Oceania. The first-ever match was broadcasted by BBC and Mike Goody managed to win four gold medals and a silver for swimming. Over the last six years, the games have changed a lot and there has been a positive change in the perception of the audience regarding the games and as far as Athletes are concerned, a 433% increase in the application was recorded among the veterans. More and more, organizations like Help are assisting injured services personnel to get ready and apply for the multi-sports events. With the games taking place in the Netherlands this year, an increased amount of Athletes are expected to compete.
Invictus Games will be held in Netherland this year. The games intended for the wounded, sick and injured services personnel are held after two years with a break in between. Though the events attract sponsors like Jaguar, the funding was also sourced from the fines that were levied on banks in 2018. Apart from that, the rest of the funding comes from the Duke of Sussex’s Royal donation. The games were created by Prince Harry solely for the wounded and sick armed personnel.
Invictus are multi-sports gaming events meant for the war veterans and their associates. The event was inspired by the American warrior games where Prince Harry was asked to represent the UK team. The idea was adopted and given a new shape by the Prince in the UK. In his own words, he said that the idea was so good that it had to be stolen.
The games were inaugurated in 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The event was attended by foreign dignitaries including the crown prince of Denmark. Prince and the prime minister of the UK were also present. Over the years, many figures have attended the games including Barack Obama. The games were contested by 400 hundred athletes from 22 countries.
The name Invictus has been derived from the Latin word Invictus which means Unconquerable. Its precise adaptation is from William Ernest Henley’s poem. The games are open for injured, sick or wounded personnel who compete in nine games.
Not only humans:
Earlier the games were meant to be played by the humans only but in 2016 the game mended its rules. Since many of the athletes depend on their dogs to compete for their daily activities, whether, during the service or afterward, dogs were allowed to compete in the pool. Though unofficial it marked the open doors for the dogs to be included in the competition and it’s expected to continue.
Australia is the only country that came up with the first coin that’s dedicated to the players with vision impairments. The two coins cost $11 USD and $108 USD. These coins have braille text and were minted to honor the athletes with vision defects.
Every Athlete has had his days of darkness and to come out of it, they require proper counseling. The games will be studied by researchers and analyzed closely to assess the overall development of the players. The research will study the impact of sports on the lives of athletes. 400 Athletes will be studied and their behavior and patterns will be thoroughly examined to understand what kind of impact does the game have on players.
Ever since the establishment of the games, there has been a gradual increase in sports enrolment. Various organizations are helping the veterans to apply for the competition and there’s been an increase of 433% in Veteran signup as well as more than 600% increase in powerlifting.
The regular games have been modified in a way that fits the requirements of Invictus. Though these games are a little different, the core values and rules remain the same. And like the regular games, it requires a lot of hard work from the player to bag the prize in the game. There is no exception to the sportsmanship.
Teams representing 14 nations were called to the games in their first official tournaments. These included eight European, two Asian, two North American and two Oceanian. BBC broadcasted the first-ever match and Mike Goody managed to win four gold medals and a diving silver. The sports have improved a lot over the past six years and there has been a positive change in the audience’s view of the games because, as far as players are concerned, there has been a 433 percent increase in the demand among the veterans. Increasingly, organizations such as Help are helping injured services personnel get ready and apply for multi-sport events. With this year’s games taking place in the Netherlands, it is anticipated that a growing number of athletes will participate.
The first Paralympics were held in Rome in 1960. However, the game history goes a long back but if were to consider the official participation of the Athletes, 1960 remains a milestone in the history of Paralympics. Earlier it remained solely for war veterans but with the passage of time, the game reached its current phase and became open to other athletes with impairments. In 1976, the games were first time televised in Canada and reached out to half a million audiences in Ontario, Canada. This marked the beginning of a new era that gave wings to the newly introduced movement.
Ragnhild Myklebust – skier
Paralympians inspire people with physical impairments and encourage them to live their life to the fullest. Ragnhild’s name is one such example. The Athlete suffers from polio but despite that Myklebust didn’t let it come in between his dreams. Ragnhild has the highest number of medals won by any athlete in Winter Paralympics. The Norweigan Skier has 22 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze from 1988 to 2002. He also has medals from other sports like cross-country and ice sled racing.
The Athlete is a shooter from Sweden. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down, the player has 17 gold, 4 silver and 9 Bronze medals in his account. He has competed in nine summer Paralympics and won his 16th gold medal in 2008.
Michael Edson is a name that merits respect in the world of Paralympics. Since the age of 14, Edgson has been contesting various competitions meant for disabled and abled bodies. He has nine world records in his basket and 18 gold medals in his career. Currently retired, Micahel also won the BC Disabled Athlete of the Year Award.
Franz Nietlispach :
Franz has quite a number of careers in Paralympics. He competed in Summer Paralympics from 1976 – 2008 acquiring a number of medals for his home country. In 1976 and 1980, he contested table tennis also. The Swiss athlete has 14 gold, 6 Silver and 1 bronze medal in Athletics. Apart from that, Franz occupies a political office in Switzerland. Adding to all the medals he has earned, Nietlispach has a bronze medal in cycling also.
David Lee Pearson – horse rider
The athlete’s career took a rise from 2002-2012 having won his 34 gold medals made him the player with the highest number of medals at the European Paralympic level. He has other titles to his name including Member of the order of the British Empire for services to disabled sport in 2001. The organization later promoted him for his unquestionable services to the sport.
Partyka was born without a right arm and has bagged 3 Gold, 1 silver and one Bronze medal. Natalia is the youngest Paralympian ever. Her debut in the Paralympics was in Sydney games in 2000.
Natalie du Toit:
Paralympians are not just athletes but symbols that inspire not the people with disabilities but for all people in general. The amount of hard work that a Paralympian puts into his game is comparable to none. From the day the games were introduced to the world, there’s been a positive change regarding its acceptability and enthusiasm that surrounds it. Furthermore, this year’s games will see the introduction of two new games on the final list of sports. Among the existing sports and 540 events, Taekwondo and Badminton will make its debut in the Paralympian games. Tokyo Games will be widely televised and the same can be caught on various internet channels also. According to the International Paralympic committee around 180,000 people have registered to be volunteers in the games. With so much fervor surrounding the Olympics, Paralympics will surely steal its share of audience from the big lot.