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Paralympics: better support of our athletes
Initiated by Sir Ludwig Guttmann on the occasion of the London Olympic Games in 1948, the Paralympic Games were first organised in 1960 at the Rome Olympic Games. Since then, these international competitions have brought together several thousands of athletes with motor handicaps. Rather than highlighting the handicaps of the participants, the games are aimed at valorising their sporting achievements, in line with the spirit of their founder, a stout defender of sports therapy. The games are also recognised as a top-level sporting event. In Belgium, the Paralympic movement is represented by the Belgian Paralympic Committee (BPC). In addition to providing personalised support to top-level athletes and promising youngsters, the BPC seeks to inform society about sports opportunities available to persons suffering from a motor handicap. Since 2008 the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund has provided its support to the Belgian Paralympic delegation, enabling its athletes to benefit from the best possible support and specialised medical care. >> links : www.paralympic.be www.supporterparalympics.be Facts September 2007 In support of this commendable initiative which is focused on pushing one's limits, the InBev-Baillet Latour Fund decided to award a grant of €80,000 to the Belgian delegation for the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. It will continue this encouragement over the next five years with annual grants of €50,000. >> read more: Press release of September 2007 Press release of March 2009 Press release of September 2012
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