1996 Atlanta Summer

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The 10thParalympic Games

  The Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games were the first to attract worldwide corporate sponsorship. But the Games centered on more than just the competition itself.
The third Paralympic Congress, held four days before the competitions, focused on the theme of political and economic empowerment of people with an impairment, as well as global issues in elite sport.
Dates: 16-25 August, 1996
Number of sports: 19
Number of contests: 519
Number of athletes: 3253
Men: 2463
Women: 790
Volonteers: 12000
Media: 2088
Opening: Vice President Al Gore
Oath: Trischa ZORN
Last torch bearer: Mark Wellman
Bids towns: Athčnes (GRE), Belgrade (YUG), Manchester (GBR), Melbourne (AUS), Toronto (CAN)