• Short Summary

    AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ATHLETES WAS OPENED NEAR LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) BY BRITAIN'S PRINCESS MARINA, DUCHESS OF KENT.

  • Description

    AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ATHLETES WAS OPENED NEAR LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY) BY BRITAIN'S PRINCESS MARINA, DUCHESS OF KENT. BUT IT IS A SPORTS MEETING WITH A TRAGIC DIFFERENCE - ALL THOSE TAKING PART ARE PARAPLEGICS, PEOPLE PARALYSED IN THE LOWER HALF OF THEIR BODIES.

    THE GAMES, WHICH CONTINUE UNTIL SATURDAY (29 JULY), ARE BEING HELD AT STOKE MANDEVILLE HOSPITAL, FAMOUS FOR ITS WORK AMONG PARAPLEGICS. THEY ARE AN ANNUAL EVENT, ATTRACTING AND INCREASING NUMBER OF ENTRANTS FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD.

    THIS YEAR ARE 362 COMPETITORS TAKING PART FROM 25 COUNTRIES.

    DESPITE THE COMPETITORS DISABILITY AND THEIR CONFINEMENT TO WHEELCHAIRS, THE GAMES COVER A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS - TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS, SWIMMING, TABLE TENNIS, SNOOKER, WEIGHTLIFTING, FENCING, BOWLS AND BASKETBALL.

    THE AIM OF THE GEMS IS SUMMED UP IN A MESSAGE TO THE COMPETITORS. IT IS "TO UNITE PARALYSED MEN AID WOMEN FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD IN AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS MOVEMENT ... YOUR SPIRIT OF TRUE SPORTSMANSHIP WILL GIVE HOPE AND INSPIRATION TO THOUSANDS OF PARALYSED PEOPLE. NO GREATER CONTRIBUTION CAN BE MADE TO SOCIETY BY THE PARALYSED THAN TO HELP, THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF SPORT, TO FURTHER FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG NATIONS".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA167VQB4ZRWY0209BHVMBPRGSX
    Media URN:
    VLVA167VQB4ZRWY0209BHVMBPRGSX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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