Participants from 28 nations gathered on Sunday (19 July) for the opening of the 19th International Paraplegic games at Stoke mandeville just outside London.
GV Assembled competitors
MV Competitors from Italy & France.
MV PAN japanese competitors talking
MV Polish competitors
SV jamaican competitors practise
LV Archery event in progress (Dutch competitors in F/G)
MV Archer aims and fires at target
MV Competitors watch (2 shots)
SCU Judged check target score
LV ZOOM OUT Archery in progress.
MV Bikila in wheel-chair (centre) talks to Maltese team
CV Bikila talking
Initials KM/DW/OS KM/DW/BB
SPORT: PARAPLEGIC GAMES
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Background: Participants from 28 nations gathered on Sunday (19 July) for the opening of the 19th International Paraplegic games at Stoke mandeville just outside London.
This year for the first time there were teams from Hong Kong and Malaysia. Opening day events included archery, basketball, fencing, swimming and table tennis.
Abebe Bikila, the Olympic gold medal long-distance runner who was injured in a car crash in March last year, was among the competitors. The 37 year old athlete received treatment for neck and spinal injuries at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He spent some time on Sunday talking to guests and members of the Maltese team.
The Games finish on Friday (24 July).