UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Football 7-a-side

How it all began Football 7-a-side, an adaptation of Olympic football for players with cerebral palsy and similar impairments (traumatic brain injury or stroke sequelae), debuted at the 1984 New York/Stoke Mandeville Paralympic Games and has been featured in all editions since. About the...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Canoe sprint

HOW IT ALL BEGAN From North America, all the way to Polynesia and even Greenland, kayaks have been used for different purposes throughout history. Originally intended for hunting and fishing, they were made with animal fur stretched over a wooden frame. Canoe races became more...

The IPC not to allow individual Russian athletes to participate at Rio 2016

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday (1 September) that it will not allow individual Russian athletes to participate as neutral athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The decision followed individual requests by more than 175 Russian athletes to compete at the...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT:Goalball

HOW IT ALL BEGAN First introduced in 1946, goalball was created to assist in the rehabilitation of veterans with a visual impairment. Its popularity has only grown since then: the sport is currently practised in 85 countries. It debuted in the Paralympic Games at Toronto...

UNDERSTANDING THE SPORT: Wheelchair Rugby

HOW IT ALL BEGAN First introduced in 1977, in Winnipeg, Canada, wheelchair rugby was the initiative of a group of quadriplegic athletes seeking alternatives to wheelchair basketball. It was initially named murderball because of the sudden impact between players. The first international championship was held...

OHL Classic at Mayakoba to celebrate a decade of PGA TOUR golf in Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (August 31, 2016) – The OHL Classic at Mayakoba will celebrate its 10th Anniversary when the PGA TOUR returns to Mexico November 10-13 for the 2016 edition of the prestigious event. To commemorate a decade of success, the PGA TOUR,...

The IPC and Rio 2016 back public led #FillTheSeats campaign for Rio 2016 Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Agitos Foundation, the IPC’s development arm, gave their full support on Tuesday (30 August) to a global fundraising campaign with an invitation to the world to fund 10,000 Brazilian youngsters to attend next month’s Paralympics. Launched last Tuesday (23 August)...

A WALK IN THE OLYMPIC PARK FOR INBEE

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:  Inbee Park of the Republic of Korea captured Asia’s first Olympic golf gold medal when she completed a remarkable recovery from injury to underline her status as one of the modern greats of the women’s game. The 28-year-old from Seoul recorded...

LIFE IS JUST ACE FOR KO AS PARK LEADS RACE FOR OLYMPIC TITLE

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: World No. 1 Lydia Ko chose the perfect moment to register the first hole-in-one of her life today – and that sweetest of seven-iron shots could potentially lead her to the promised land of Olympic glory in Rio de Janeiro. Standing in...

Canadian Paralympic Committee statement on Rio 2016 budget cuts

August 19, 2016, OTTAWA - Today the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) provided a progress report on preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set for Sept. 7 to 16. The IPC has announced that September's Paralympic Games will take place as planned, despite major budget...

Cuba’s Castillo eyes further glory in Rio with support of Agitos Foundation

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“I was 13 days in intensive care after my accident, more dead than alive.” At 10 years old, Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo was travelling by bus from her home town Santiago to Holguin, Cuba, on a rainy day on her way to a judo competition. But...

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