Spirit in Motion
– Paralympic movement motto
The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7 to September 18. The Summer Paralympics are held every four years, shortly after the Summer Olympics.
Over 4,000 athletes from 161 countries are competing in Rio. They’re competing in 528 events in 22 Paralympic sports for athletes with a disability of some sort. To qualify for a particular event, each athlete must have the same type and degree of disability. The sports in which they can compete include tennis, rugby and basketball for wheelchair athletes, 7-a-side football for players with cerebral palsy and 5-a-side football for visually-impaired players. There are also events in table tennis, shooting, sailing, rowing, judo, volleyball and many other Paralympic sports, including a wide range of swimming, athletics and cycling events for athletes with many different types of disability.
Like all top athletes, Paralympians compete with determination and do their best to win. But whether they win a medal or not, they represent their countries with pride and inspire us to face life’s challenges with courage and keep a positive attitude, no matter what.
Rio Paralympics Quiz
1. In which year will the next Summer Paralympic Games be held?
2. What must all the athletes in a particular event have in common?
3. What are 5-a-side footballers unable to do?
4. Which limbs do Paralympic basketballers use to move themselves around the court?
5. What’s the total number of footballers on the pitch at any one time during a match for players with cerebral palsy?
6. According to this blog, what do Paralympians help many of us do?
Write your answers in the comment box below. You can check your answers in our next Paralympics blog.
cerebral palsy (noun): a medical condition that affects a person’s control of their movement and speech
disability (noun): any condition that prevents full or normal use of the body or mind
no matter what (phrase): regardless of what else happens, as in “I’ll be there, no matter what.”
Paralympian (noun): an athlete with a disability who’s competed in the Paralympic Games
(the) Paralympic Games (noun) [also “the Paralympics”]: the biggest international sports event for athletes with disabilities
visually-impaired (adjective): unable to see, or partially or completely blind
wheelchair (noun): a chair on large wheels, mostly used by disabled people who can’t use their legs