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Key Points in the History and Development of the Paralympic Games

  • Ian Brittain
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to look at some of the key points in the history and development of the Paralympic Games from their early beginnings as a rehabilitation and awareness raising event as the Stoke Mandeville Games to them becoming the second largest multi-sport event on the planet after the Olympic Games. In order to do this I have split this history into four time periods that cover what I perceive to be the key phases in the conception and development of the Paralympic Games. Given that I will not be able to cover every issue that has played a part in the development of the Paralympic Games over the last seventy years I have tried to select what I consider the things that have had the biggest impact in each of the four time periods selected.

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  • Ian Brittain
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  1. 1.Coventry UniversityCoventryUK

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