There are millions of people suffering from paralysis in the world, and nearly a thousand of them have been taking part in the 24th Paraplegic Games at Stoke Mandeville, just outside London, this week.
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GV PAN 100 metres final in wheelchairs won by Clark of USA
SV Man announces winner and woman gives him a ribbon to place on Clark
SV Italy (left). germany (on right) in fencing competition PAN TO Italy and Germany fencing in Foreground (3 shots)
SV Italy (Venturi) vs Germany (Juhike) fencing
GV 150 metres medley for men
GV Swimmers return
GV Kiet Limski of Poland wins race
SV Limski receives medal
GV Basketball between USA (left to right) and Israel. U.S.A. scores
GV Audience applauds
GV Basketball. Israel scores against U.S.A
SV Israeli team gets cup and medals
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Background: There are millions of people suffering from paralysis in the world, and nearly a thousand of them have been taking part in the 24th Paraplegic Games at Stoke Mandeville, just outside London, this week.
When neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann started the games back in 1944, four out of five paralysis victims died within three years of being stricken. Now most victims live a normal life span. And this owes much to Sir Ludwig's belief that the paralysed should lead the most active life possible, instead of remaining bedridden.
In one or two sports -- such as archery -- the wheelchair competitors can compete on equal terms with able-bodied athletes. But confinement to a wheelchair doesn't prevent the teams from 34 nations entering into a surprising variety of active and physical sports: basketball, fencing, athletics, even swimming.
The policy of the games is that there shall be no political, racial or religious prejudices. This year, a major blow has been struck against apartheid when the South Africans sent their first multi-racial team.
SYNOPSIS: Once every year, disabled athletes from many countries gather here, at Stoke Mandeville just outside London, for the Paraplegic Games -- a week of competition building up to the finals of various sports on Friday. There are several million people suffering from paralysis throughout the world, and nearly a thousand of the most athletic come here to compete in their own Olympics, involving a wide variety os sports. Here, its the final of the one-hundred metres.
The winner was Clark of the United States in a time of twenty seconds -- a new record for the event.
Only in one or two sports -- archery is an example -- can the disabled compete on equal terms with able-bodied athletes. But confinement to a wheelchair doesn't prevent the teams from thirty-four countries taking part in some extremely physical sports. In the sabre fencing final, the West German team took one - one from Italy.
There's a wide programme of swimming event. Here, it's the final of the hundred-and-fifty metres medley for man. These games were first introduced back in 1944, when most victims of paralysis were bedridden, and few lived more than three years after being stricken by disease. Now most live a full helps keep them healthy. the swimming medley was won by Kiet Limski of Poland in a new record time of time minutes twenty-eight seconds.
One of the most physical events in the sports is basketball. Israel took on the United States in the final -- with the Americans going ahead.
There are no political barriers at these sports. the south Africans even sent a multi-racial team for the first time this year. But there's no lack of keen competition amongst the rival nations. And in the basketball, it was the Israelis who ran out the winners by fifty-two to the forty-seven scored by the United States.