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Para-Sports for elite athletes with a disability

For the first time in Games history, indeed at any multi-sport event in the world, a number of Para-Sports were included in a fully inclusive Sports Programme in Manchester 2002. 20 countries sent both male and female elite athletes with a disability to complete in 10 events across 5 different Para-Sports: Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Swimming, Table Tennis and Weightlifting. The inclusion of Para-Sport full medal events continued at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games where 189 elite athletes with a disability from 25 nations took part in Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis and Powerlifting, competing for Games medals in 12 events.

At the Delhi 2010 Games the opportunity for Para-Sport athletes to compete increased once more with athletes having the opportunity to compete in 15 full medal events in 4 core Para-Sports: Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting and Swimming. Events from up to 3 optional Para-Sports can also be chosen by the host city; Cycling (Track), Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball. Not more than 20 events across all Para Sports will be included on the sports programme in Glasgow in 2014.

The 15 Para-Sports medal events that were included on the Delhi 2010 programme are as follows:

Athletic Events
Men's Shot Putt - F32/34/52
Men's 100m - T46
Men's 1500m - T54
Women's Shot Putt - F32-34/52/53
Women's 100m - T37
Women's 1500m - T54

Swimming Events
Men's 50m Freestyle - S9
Men's 100m Freestyle - S8
Men's 100m Freestyle - S10
Women's 50m Freestyle - S9
Women's 100m Freestyle - S9
Women's 100m Butterfly - S9

Powerlifting Events
Men's Bench Press - Open
Women's Bench Press - Open

Table Tennis Events
Women's Wheelchair - Open (Classes TT1-5)

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