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Goalball (Paralympic Games)

08-28-2012 15:39 BJT

Introduced to the Games as a demonstration event at the Toronto 1976 Games, Goalball was added to the Paralympic programme as a full medal sport four years later in Arnhem. The women’s tournament first featured at the New York and Stoke Mandeville 1984 Games.

Played competitively in more than 100 countries, Goalball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports.

Since it was developed as a rehabilitation activity for injured soldiers returning from World War II, Goalball has spread around the world. Played by visually impaired athletes using a ball with bells inside, it is among the most exciting team sports on the Paralympic programme.

Competition dates

30 August - 7 September

Competition venue

Olympic Park – Copper Box

Number of competitors

132: 72 men and 60 women

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

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