More than six hundred paralysed athletes from 35 countries have been competing in the week-long Stoke Mandeville international paraplegic games in England.
CU flag ZOOM OUT TO Stoke Mandeville Sports Centre, UK.
SV PAN INT. wheelchair basketball game in progress between Ireland in light shirts and Australia in dark shirts in International Paraplegic Games -- Australia attacking and scoring basket.
CU PULL BACK Australian supporters.
SV PAN Ireland attacking and failing to score, and Australia gaining possession, attacking and scoring.
SV Irish supporters PAN TO GV Australia attacking and scoring disallowed basket.
CU PAN Australia reserve player shouting encouragement.
SV PAN Ireland attacking and scoring basket after scrimmage.
SPORT: PARAPLEGIC GAMES
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Background: More than six hundred paralysed athletes from 35 countries have been competing in the week-long Stoke Mandeville international paraplegic games in England. It's silver jubilee occasion for the organisers, who first held an international meeting in 1952 at Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire after war-time experiments by doctors using various games as therapy for disabled service-men. Among the events now staged are archery, bowls, fencing, swimming, snooker, table tennis, track and field events, weight-lifting -- and basketball.
SYNOPSIS: The games opened on Sunday (24 July), and on Monday (25 July) Ireland met Australia in the basketball tournament. Ireland, playing in the white shirts, fought hard but in vain against a superior side. The Australians had it their way most of the time.
On the sidelines, a group of Australian supporters had every reason for being happy with their team's performance. The Australians constantly harassed the Irish side, causing them to miss baskets, and taking the initiative time and again.
And well may the Irish supporters have been a bit glum, even though this Australian basket was disallowed -- for Ireland eventually went down 21 - 12.
Ireland did rally once or twice, but they had to fight long and hard for some of their baskets against a fierce Australian defence.