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The 1stParalympic Games

  The Rome 1960 Paralympic Games was a step in sport for athletes with a physical impairment.
The founder of the Paralympic Movement, Sir Ludwig Guttmann, and the Director of the Spinal Centre in Rome, Antonia Maglio, started preparations for the Games two years prior. It would be called the 9th Annual International Stoke Mandeville Games.
Now regarded as the Rome 1960 Paralympic Games, the competition took place six days following the Closing Ceremony of the XVII Olympic Games and was supported by the Italian Olympic Committee and the Italian Institute for Disabled Workers (INAIL)
Dates: September 18-25, 1960
Number of sports: 8
Number of contests: 113
Number of athletes: 209
Men: 164
Women: 45
Volonteers: 0
Media: 0
Opening: Camillo Giardina, the Italian Minister for Public Health
Oath: Franco ROSSI