INTRODUCTION: Disabled athletes from 28 countries have been taking part in the Second International Paraplegic Games in Rome's former Olympic stadium.
Italian handicapped playing Thorball (2 shots)
SV & GV 50-metres freestyle swimming and Tapscott winning
GVs Military marching inside stadium in closing ceremonies and athletes marching with national flags (2 shots)
GV Athletes lining up with national flags, PAN TO seated athletes
SPORT: PARAPLEGIC GAMES
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Disabled athletes from 28 countries have been taking part in the Second International Paraplegic Games in Rome's former Olympic stadium. The competitors -- some of them blind, some amputees and others paraplegic -- showed remarkable skill in the various events.
SYNOPSIS: This is called Thorball, a game of handball for the blind and partially sighted with three players on each side. The position of the ball is known by the special sound it makes. These Italian players -- and all the other athletes in the Games -- have worked with absolute determination for years to overcome their disabilities.
Tapscott of Australia gave an outstanding performance in the 50 metres freestyle swimming event. He broke the world record for amputees with a time of 33 point 41 seconds.
During their stay in Rome the competitors were received by the Pope who told them they were an inspiration to the disabled everywhere.
The final day of the games was on Sunday (5 April) when the paraplegic athletes from all over the world paraded with their national flags. They had taken part in the whole range of track and field events, many of which were specially devised for wheelchair users. Pope John Paul praised the contestants for their courage. He told them they had showed how effectively handicapped people can be integrated into social life.