Competitors form 20 countries gathered on July 5 at the Louis Lumiere Stadium in Paris to take part in the first ever European Paraplegic Games.
TOP VIEW Belgian team members in wheelchairs in parade
TOP VIEW AND SV Bandsmen play as Israeli team goes past (2 shots)
GV PAN AND SV FROM Contestants in middle of stadium PAN TO Norwegian walking disabled athletes in procession and audience applauds (2 shots)
FRANCE VERSUS SPAIN-BASKETBALL (FRANCE IN BLUE)
CU INTERIOR Scoreboard
TOP VIEW PAN France gain possession and score basket at the fourth attempt
TOP VIEW PAN Spain gain possession and attack at the far end, scoring basket at the third attempt
SV PULL BACK TO LONG VIEW France attack and score another basket; crowd applauds
SPORT: EUROPEAN PARAPLEGIC GAMES
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Background: Competitors form 20 countries gathered on July 5 at the Louis Lumiere Stadium in Paris to take part in the first ever European Paraplegic Games. Nearly 750 disabled athletes from all over Europe are competing in eight sports--athletics, basket-ball, cycling, fencing, swimming, table-tennis, volley-ball and weight-lifting. The Louis Lumiere stadium has been especially equipped for the games, which also include Torball--a collective sport for blind players. The opening ceremony was attended by the French Minister for Youth and Sport, Edwige Avice, the Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, and the President of the French Olympic Committee, Nelson Paillou. One of the first events of the five day games, a basket-ball match between France and Spain, ended with a 65-44 victory for the French team.