The 2016 Paralympic Games begin today in Rio de Janeiro. This major sporting event involves athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, and limb deficiency.
The Paralympic Games began as a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948, but it has grown to be one of the largest sporting events in the world. Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London organizing committee four years ago, had the following to say about the games:
“We want to change public attitudes towards disability, celebrate the excellence of Paralympic sport and to enshrine from the very outset that the [Olympic and Paralympic] Games are an integrated whole.”
Be sure to tune in. Check the Games’ site to see where to watch the Games in your country.