2008 Beijing Summer

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The 13thParalympic Games

  The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games were record breaking in more ways than one.
More athletes and countries competed than ever before and the Games were seen by the most people ever either as spectators in venues or viewers on television or the internet.
Dates: 6-17 September, 2008
Number of sports: 20
Number of contests: 472
Number of athletes: 3997
Men: 2617
Women: 1380
Volonteers: 30000
Media: 5700
Opening: President Hu Jintao
Oath: WU Chunmiao
Oath juges: HAO GUOHUA
Last torch bearer: HOU Bin
Bids towns: Istanbul (TUR), Paris(FRA), Osaka(JPN), Toronto(CAN)