Friday, September 9, 2016

The Paralympic Games

The Paralympic Games just started after the main Olympic Games. It is an event which provides an opening for the physically challenged athletes and gives them a chance to showcase their sporting talents. Now it a popular event world over since it has come a long way from its early days. 

In the year 1948, after the end of the Second World War, a sports competition involving World War II soldiers with spinal cord injuries, was organized in Stoke Mandeville in England by Sir Ludwig Guttmann, which gradually developed and culminated into Paralympic games. Today the number of participant countries is on a rise and from 23 countries in 1960, it has risen to as many as 136 in the year 2004.

Some of the major events in the Paralympic games are Ice Sledge Hockey, Biathlon, Swimming, Power lifting, Cross Country Skiing, Athletics, Alpine Skiing and Shooting.

This event is organized by the IPC (International Paralympic committee) which is the governing body for the Paralympic Games.

Paralympic Games are always held after the conclusion of the main Olympic Games, which is hard to believe and understand. I seriously feel that the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games should be conducted at the same time, instead of conducting them separately. What I do not understand is that why a handicap person is considered to be different from the so called normal people and why can’t a physically challenged person be allowed in the mainstream of the society with acceptance and empathy. 

It is high time that the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, come together to organize the Paralympic Games, simultaneously with the main Olympic Games.