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Rio is an old city, with dense areas such as the Rocinha favela. Making it accessible is no small ask. Sean Fitzgerald Follow/Flickr

‘Grotesque spectacle’? Rio has a long way to go to become more accessible

There are significant challenges in making old cities like Rio more accessible, and there are missed opportunities around the Paralympics, but it's not all bad news.
Technology makes an impact on various events, but the key is to let the athlete’s ability shine through. OIS

Technology matters in the Paralympics, but the athlete matters more

Technology has had a particularly visible impact on the Paralympics. But the the most important thing is to let the athlete's ability come to the fore.
Hunter Woodhall of the United States leads the 4x100m race before the team was disqualified, giving the victory to the squad from Germany. Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Why do the Paralympics get so little media attention in the United States?

An Access World News database search says everything you need to know: Type in 'Deflategate' and you'll get nearly twice as many hits as 'Paralympics.'
The author competing at the 2012 London Paralympics. Australian Paralympic Committee

First person: how the Paralympics changed my life

Richard Nicholson has experienced first hand the evolution of the Paralympics, and with it, the shift in perception of disabilities and para-athletes.
How can we be sure athletes with varying disabilities are competing on even terms? Olympic Information Service

It’s not easy keeping the Paralympics a level playing field, but the current system is the best there is

The classification system is what keeps the Paralympics fair. Although it's not perfect, it's the best system we have, and it's continually being improved.
Australian skier Jessica Gallagher and guide Christian Geiger won bronze in the Women’s Visually Impaired Giant Slalom in Sochi. AAP/Sport the Library, Jeff Crow

Aussie Winter Paralympians in Sochi: a world away from 1976

Over the weekend, Australian Winter Paralympians broke their medal drought at Sochi to end the Games with two skiing bronze medals – one won by Toby Kane in Super Combined and the other by Jessica Gallagher…
It might be time for the Paralympics movement to strike out on its own. EPA/Andy Rain

The Paralympics and Olympics are better linked than ever … but why?

In the 64 years since the Paralympics was born, the relationship between this event and the Olympics has grown and evolved. And now, with both events returning to London in 2012, the Olympics and Paralympics…
The links between the military and disability sport are being cast anew. Corporal Jamie Osborne, Department of Defence

The military and the modern Paralympic movement

In the past five or six years there has been a marked increase in the overt use of disability sport in the rehabilitation of soldiers injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – which, in a sense, is…
Athletes competing in the Paralympics don’t have a level playing field. Julian Stratenschulte/EPA

Media blitz: marketing is the next front for the Paralympics

Have you detected the not-so-subtle difference in the coverage afforded to our Paralympic and Olympic athletes? A sense that the marketing budgets are worlds apart for the two sporting events? It wouldn’t…
In recent years there’s been a noticeable leap in interest about the Paralympics. EPA/Tal Cohen

The Paralympics is more popular than ever – but what’s it for?

The Paralympics has become more prominent in recent times than ever before. Although it was first held in Rome 1960 — drawing inspiration from the 1948 British Stoke Mandeville Games for Paraplegics…
Playing basketball in a wheelchair is hard enough; playing it at an elite level is something else entirely. Andy Rain/EPA

We can all learn a lot from the Paralympics … and not just about sport

It’s been a mystery to me, over many years spent watching sporting events such as the Paralympics, just how disability is classified. With the London Paralympic Games now well underway, I’m sure I’m not…
Common boosting practices by athletes include breaking their own toes. Foxtongue

Doping, boosting and other forms of cheating at the Paralympics

Over the next few weeks, the newspapers in Australia and overseas are going to be full of stories describing Paralympians as inspirational role models. Such reports might or might not be true … it just…

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