Summer and winter Paralympics sports list for 2016

Summer and winter Paralympics sports list for 2016

The Paralympic Games are a biennial event for elite athletes with any disability. They follow the Olympic Games every two years, with both summer and winter Games.

The Paralympics are not to be confused with the Special Olympics, for athletes with mental retardation. The Special Olympics are a year-round program that emphasizes the benefits of training along with competition at the local, area, state and International levels.

Summer Paralympic sports:

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Boccia
  • Bowls
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-Side
  • Football 7-a-Side
  • Goalball
  • Judo

Summer and winter Paralympics sports list for 2016

  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair Dance Sport
  • Wheelchair Fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis

winter paralympics

Winter Paralympic sports:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Wheelchair Curling


Special Olympics involve over 500,000 athletes from 8 to 80 with mental retardation. Paralympics provides world-level competition for elite athletes with any disability. This year, for the first time, some individuals with mental retardation will compete in the Paralympic Games. Many of these athletes received their training through Special Olympics. Olympic Games are open to any athletes who qualify.


While competition and winning are just as important to Special Olympics athletes as those in Paralympics and the Olympic Games, Special Olympics is unique in that it encourages participation and the year- round, lifetime benefits of sports training.

Ability Levels:

Every year there are over 15,000 Special Olympics competitive events around the world. Competition in 23 sports is open to athletes of every ability level. Special Olympics does hold World Games every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games, to bring together Special Olympics athletes from around the world.

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