• Short Summary

    AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ATHLETES OPENED NEAR LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY). BUT THEY ARE ATHLETES WITH?

  • Description

    AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ATHLETES OPENED NEAR LONDON TODAY (TUESDAY). BUT THEY ARE ATHLETES WITH A TRAGIC DIFFERENCE. ALL OF THEM ARE PARAPLEGIS, PEOPLE PARALYSED IN THE LOWER HALF OF THEIR BODIES.

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

    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 SPIRIT AND IDEA OF THE GAMES WAS SUMMED UP IN A MESSAGE TO ALL COMPETITORS: "THE AIM..IS TO UNIT PARALYSED MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD IN AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS MOVEMENT... YOUR SPIRIT OF TRUE SPORTSMANSHIP TODAY 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:
    VLVA6XGKIUP055P3F16U1HK46XNG8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6XGKIUP055P3F16U1HK46XNG8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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