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London 2012 Paralympic Games

In June 2011, the OLD Board agreed a grant of £66m to LOCOG towards the delivery of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  The grant sat alongside other Public Sector funds and was part of the OLD's contribution to the £9.298 billion Public Sector Funding Package that supported the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The London 2012 Paralympic Games were held from 29 August until 9 September.

The origins of the Paralympic Games can be traced back to 1948 in Stoke Mandeville, near Aylesbury in the UK.    Here, Sir Ludwig Guttman, a neurologist was working with World War II veterans with spinal injuries and he used sport as part of the rehabilitation programme for the patients.  The first UK sports' competition involving competitors with disabilities  from outside the country was held four years' later in 1952 when competitors from The Netherlands become involved in the Games .  In the 1960  Rome Olympic Games, 400 wheelchair athletes competed in the Games and the modern Parallel Olympics - or Paralympics as they are known today were born. Since then, Paralympic Games have been held in Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Heidelberg, Toronto, Arnhem, New York, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic movement and organises the summer and winter Olympics.

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