Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The special feature of the Paralympics

The Paralympic Summer Games, officially XV Paralympic Games was held in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 7 to 18 September 2016 making it the first Paralympic Summer Games that took place during the winter of the host city and the first to be held in South America. Rio, the host city of the Olympics and Paralympics was designated on 2 October 2009 in Copenhagen in Denmark, during the 121 sessions of CIAO beating the cities of Madrid and Tokyo that day.

These Games saw the introduction of two new sports in the Paralympic program, the canoe, and para-triathlon. The chosen logo, designed by Brazilian agency Tatin based in Rio de Janeiro, combines two archetypal symbols, infinity and a stylized heart in 3D, evoking tolerance, passion, and warmth of Brazilians.

Russian athletes are banned from the competition due to state sponsored doping. CIP has prohibited participation in these games, as they must be clean where no nation practice in doping to improve the performance of Paralympic athletes since the Paralympics are the values of courage and respect and face other athletes of the same level. Thus, doping is banned for the whole period of Paralympic.

On 5 August 2016, the IPC announced that it authorizes a team of athletes of refugees consisting of a Syrian (swimmer) and Iranian (thrower) under the title Independent Paralympic Athletes. Initially, seven sports were proposed to be integrated into the program for the 2016 Games like badminton, Basketball, athletics for mental disabilities (abandoned after an event at the Paralympics in 2000), para-canoe, golf, armchair football, taekwondo, and para-triathlon.

paralympics logo mascot

In December 2010, the International Paralympic Committee gave its approval for the introduction of Paracanoe and para-triathlon.

When was the last time you thought, "Okay, I can do it"? Paralympic athletes, as well as all persons with disabilities, if you repeat the phrase because so many small things are big challenges. Sometimes enormous. The same that we often take for granted.

And the Paralympics remind us that nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible. It has reminded us, the tears from eyes of Alex Zanardi, the former Formula 1 driver, after the accident that cost him his legs, became an Olympic champion in para-cycling and won 2 gold medals, one at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

The Paralympic athletes remind us that they are the superhumans, and tell us that nothing is impossible. Running without legs or scoring a goal without seeing, but also playing the piano or to brush teeth without arms, we simply can. And this normality of those who have understood that we will do is not normal. It's extraordinary. Almost superhuman.
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