(ATR) The city of Barcelona along with the International Paralympic Committee have got anniversary activities underway with the launch of a logo commemorating the 1992 Paralympic Games.
(Joaquim Perez Riera/Ajuntament de Barcelona)
IPC president Philip Craven and members of the IPC Governing board, some of whom competed in the Games, were in attendance at the logo unveiling.
"Barcelona 92 was the Paralympic Games that acted as a catalyst to the Paralympic Movement’s growth," Craven said at the event, according to a statement.
"They changed the Movement forever and many of the IPC Governing Board have outstanding memories of what took place here either as an athlete, administrator or spectator."
The Barcelona Paralympics attracted 3,001 athletes from 83 countries and were the first in history to have daily live TV coverage. Over 1 million spectators came to watch the Para sports and 279 world records were broken over the 12 days.
"The support of the then-IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch was also crucial to the success of the Barcelona 92 Paralympics and, from that time on, the IOC and IPC started to develop a relationship that continues and benefits both parties to this day," Craven states.
Homepage photo: Joaquim Perez Riera/Ajuntament de Barcelona
Written by Courtney Colquitt
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