History of the Paralympic Games and the Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee (TTPC)

Paralympic Games

On 28 July 1948, the Opening Day of the London Olympic Games, in Stoke Mandeville England a sport competition was held for World War II veterans with a spinal cord injury. Four years later an international movement was born as competitors from Holland joined these games

The first Olympic style Games for athletes with disabilities were held in Rome in 1960, in the same venues as the Rome Olympics. The games in Tokyo in 1964 appear to have been the first Paralympic game using a special flag, though not the flag the IPC uses today. In 1976 Örnsköldsvik, Sweden was the host of the first Paralympic Winter Games, and both at these Games and the Games in Toronto that same year, other disability groups took part, giving rise to the idea of merging together different disability groups for international sport competitions. Since Seoul 1992 the Paralympic Games always take place at the same venues as the Olympic Games.
In 1982 the different world organisations for sports for the disabled formed the International Coordinating Committee of World Sports Organisations for the Disabled (ICC). However, it was soon felt that the ICC should be replaced by a more democratic organisation, which led in 1989 to the formation of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The Paralympic Summer Games are the second largest sporting event in the world today, the first largest being the Olympic Games.