ATHENS 2004 - In the True Spirit of the Games
02 Sept. 2004
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Vision
The 2004 Paralympic Games Mascot © ATHOCAn elite sports competition. Athletes from all nations will unite in Greece, to compete in a top-level sports event, the 2004 Paralympic Games.
Focusing on the Athlete and not on disability, the Athens Paralympic Games will provide a unique experiencemore

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History
The first Games for athletes with a disability were held in 1948 in Stoke Mandeville, England.Four years later, athletes from the Netherlands joined the Games; thus the international movement, now known as the Paralympic movement, was bornmore

Paralympic Sport in Greece

Sports
Paola Fantato of Italy celebrates during the Woman's Individual Archery at the 2000 Paralympic Games. © Adam Pretty/AllsportFifteen sports on the Paralympic programme are shared with the Olympic Games: Archery, Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Cycling, Equestrian, Wheelchair Fencing, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Judo, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Tennis, Volleyball.
The four “unique” sports that are played at the Paralympic Games are: Boccia, Goalball, Powerlifting and Wheelchair Rugbymore

Competition Venues
The new and renewed Olympic venues, along with the other infrastructure projects, which are currently under construction all over Greece, consist Greece’s legacy from the Gamesmore

Competition Venues | Non competition venues

ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Torch Relay
The 2004 Paralympic Games Mascot © ATHOCThe Flame that will revive the Celebration. On September 9, the Paralympic Torch Relay will be lit for the ninth time in history – and this time, it will be in Athensmore


History | Paralympic Torch | Transit Dates | Torchbearers | End of day celebrations | Image Gallery




The emblem of the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games
The ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games Emblem


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Related sites
Link to the International Olympic Committee site Link to the International Paralympic Committee site Link to the official site of Torino 2006 Link to the official site of Beijing 2008 Link to the official site of Vancouver 2010
Competition Schedule Countdown to the homecoming of the Paralympic Games - Link to Competition Schedule

Wheelchair Fencing
Paralympic Sport of the Month: Wheelchair Fencing
Fencing is a sport that calls for adaptability, inventiveness, good organisation, and patience. more

Paralympic Sports




Olympic Venues

Olympic Venues
Read more about the Olympic Venues and learn all the information you might need. more

Paralympic Mascot

Paralympic Mascot
Meet Proteas, the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games mascot. more

Sponsors

Sponsors
Sponsoring is a tradition that goes back to Ancient Greece. Learn more about the ATHENS 2004 Sponsors. more

IOC

Everyone can take part in the Games!
Volunteers at the 2006 Games in Torino - Everyone can take part in the Games! more