Paralysed and disabled people from 36 countries have come to Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom to compete in the 21st International Stoke Mandeville Games.
GV EXT. Stoke Mandeville Stadium
MV Competing nations parade (2 shots)
CU Ludwig Guttmann
MV Parade of competitors (6 shots)
MV Norwegians practice with ski sticks
STV INT. PAN TO Britain plays Argentina at basketball
MV, CU Member of Irish team plasy snooker & others applaud (3 shots)
MV, CU Table tennis in progress (2 shots)
MV Spectators PAN fencing match (2 shots)
MV End of a swimming race
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Background: Paralysed and disabled people from 36 countries have come to Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom to compete in the 21st International Stoke Mandeville Games.
Competition started on Sunday (July 15) in the Olympics of the Paralysed after the official opening ceremony by Mr. Reinhold Zundel, Lord Mayor of Heidelburg, West Germany, where the games took place in 1972.
More than 530 paralysed athletes paraded past in their wheelchairs at the opening ceremony.
The founder of the game Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann was present at the parade.
The wheelchair athletes will be competing in sports such as archery, basketball, bowls, fencing, field and track events, snooker, swimming, table-tennis and weight-lifting.
Among the 250 escorts and officials are many doctors who will also be participating in the annual three day Scientific Meeting of the International Medical Society of Paraplegia held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The games last until July 21st.
The trophies will be presented on the final day by Lord Porritt, a former Governor General of New Zealand and President of the British Paraplegic Sports Society.
SYNOPSIS: At Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium in Britain on Sunday, the opening of the International Games for the Paralysed and the disabled - the Olympics of the Paralysed.
Sir Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the games was present at the opening parade of wheelchair athletes. The opening ceremony was performed by the Lord Mayor of Heidelburg, West Germany, Mr. Reinhold Zundel. This year is the twenty-first anniversary of the Stoke Mandeville Games.
The aim of the games is to units paralysed men and women from all parts of the world in an international sports movement.
When the games started only two nations competed, Great Britain and Holland. This year more than five hundred and thirty athletes from thirty-six nations are taking part. On Sunday the British team played Argentina an energetic and skilful game of basketball. Just one of many sports played by the disabled athletes.
An Irish competitor pushed the red ball neatly into the hole. Other athletes are taking part in weight-lifting, bowls, archery and field and track events.
Among the two hundred and fifty escorts and officials are many Doctors. They will be participating in the annual three day scientific meeting of the International Medical Society of Paraplegia. Fencing is popular and in the games there are classes for individual and team foil, individual and team epee and also sabre competitors. For the winners, trophies will be presented by Lord Porritt, President of the British Paraplegic Sports Society.