Paralympics & disability rights


“When even a bamboo stick can support them, why can’t we?”

What is Paralympics?

Paralympics is defined as a series of international contests for athletes with disabilities. These sport events are associated with and held post summer and winter Olympic Games —now also known as Paralympics Games at the same venue of the Olympic Games.

Today the name is associated with any sporting activity held for the physically challenged or differently able people.

Problems of Indian Paralympics

  • Lack of social awareness
  • Lack of Recognition
  • Social hindrances
  • Financial hindrances

A major focus for CWF has been Paralympics the sports for the Differently abled

Paralympics are a dismissed outcome in India and for obvious reasons. The generations of these enduring heroes have not attracted the limelight it deserved. The lack of passable training facilities, nutrition, camps before meets with little or no monetary assistance only lends to their woes. Yet, no obstacle has been able to deter their sense of pride, their feel of passion to the sport they feature in.

CWF promotes and upholds the cause of Indian Paralympics and Para-athletes through various furtherances, awareness exchanges and fund raising/sponsorships campaigns for the para-athletes e.g. Organizing National Para-Sports Event , Making Documentaries, National Awareness Drives, Authoring Books, Sponsorships , Media and Policy Advocacy for Paralympics and Disability rights through Research & Analysis. CWF is also involved in many state and National Bodies of Para-sports. Last and not the least CWF is coming with world’s first ever professional networking site on Paralympians!!

 

Paralympics At A Glance

  • A game started after the world war II by an English doctor Ludwig Guttmann. The reason : sports therapy as a pill for the relief and betterment of people who have been injured and wounded in the world war.
  • Turned into an international event from 1948.
  • Participation of the countries increased with years thus becoming a parallel to mainstream sports.
  • India among the last countries to be recognized by IPC (International Paralympic Committee) in 2005.
  • Currently, the Paralympic and Olympic Games are held within two weeks of each other using the same venues and the same organizing committee.
  • Just not entertainment, a never-say-die spirit of man.

 

INDIAN PARALYMPIC HISTORY
YEAR HOST COUNTRIES INDIA MEDAL COUNT Rank of INDIA NO. OF NATIONS PARTICIPATED
1968 TEL AVIV, ISRAEL NONE NONE 28
1972 HEIDELBERG,GERMANY 1 GOLD 25 42
1984 UK AND US 2 SILVER, 2 GOLD 37 54
1988 SEOUL,SOUTH KOREA NONE NONE 60
1992 BERCELONA,SPAIN NONE NONE 83
1996 ATLANTA,US NONE NONE 104
2000 SYDNEY,AUSTRALIA NONE NONE 123
2004 ATHENS,GREECE NONE NONE 136
2008 BEIJING, CHINA 1 GOLD, 1 BRONZE 53 148
2012 London, UK 1 SILVER 67 164