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Paralympic chief closes Pyeongchang Winter Games

Pyeongchang - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons on Sunday declared the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics closed, and paid tribute to late British physicist Stephen Hawking as an "inspiration".

Tributes to 'inspiration' Hawking as curtain falls on Paralympics

Pyeongchang - The Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics closed Sunday with a dazzling ceremony featuring light shows, dancing and music, as well as tributes to late wheelchair-bound British physicist Stephen Hawking as an "inspiration".

'Wheelchairs curling, more cooler!' says Mr. T

Pyeongchang - Curling-mad Mr. T swung back into action Monday to support his favourite sport -- firing off a volley of tweets urging his followers to watch wheelchair curling at the Paralympics.Mr. T, who made his name playing big-hearted toughman B.A.

Cheers as N. Korea rookies finish last in Paralympics debut

Pyeongchang - Two North Korean rookie skiers finished last as they made their country's Winter Paralympics debut in the South Sunday, but a flag-waving crowd cheered enthusiastically at the latest sign of an Olympics-fuelled rapprochement.

Andrew Kurka talks Team Hartford and 2018 PyeongChang Paralympics Special

Paralympian Andrew Kurka chatted with Digital Journal about Team Hartford, as well as the digital transformation of skiing.

Prince Harry, Markle make first official outing at Invictus Games

Montr - Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle made their first official public appearance together Monday, arriving hand in hand for a wheelchair tennis match at Toronto's Invictus Games.

Rio Paralympics end with music — and relief

Rio De Janeiro - Rio said farewell to the 2016 Paralympics in a closing ceremony showcasing Brazil's passion for music and celebrating what many consider to have been a surprisingly successful Games.

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Rio De Janeiro - Rio on Sunday closes a Paralympic Games that many feared would be a fiasco but which turned into a triumph, though marred in the final hours by the death of an Iranian cyclist.

Rio Paralympics: five highlights to remember

Rio De Janeiro - The Rio Paralympics featured thrilling victories, records, tears -- and controversy. Here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America, which end Sunday.

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Rio De Janeiro - French Paralympians got a taste of Rio's tough realities in a visit to a favela Friday but the impoverished children greeting the disabled athletes got an eye opener of their own.

Belgian Paralympian: ready for euthanasia — but not yet

Rio De Janeiro - Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort, who shocked and saddened the world with her revelation that she wants to be euthanized, says she's not ready to die quite yet.

Rio Paralympics put problems aside for gala opening

Rio De Janeiro - Thousands of fans and athletes will open the 2016 Rio Paralympics at a gala ceremony on Wednesday where organisers hope to draw a line under a chaotic build-up.

Russian athletes cannot compete as neutrals — IPC

Rio De Janeiro - Russian athletes seeking to take part individually in the Paralympic Games in order to sidestep a blanket ban will not be allowed to compete under a neutral banner, the International Paralympic Committee ruled.

Russia banned from Paralympics over doping

Rio De Janeiro - Russia was kicked out of the Rio Paralympic Games on Sunday over "state-sponsored" doping revealed in an inquiry last month.

Russia facing Rio Paralympic ban over doping report

Paris - Russia could miss the Paralympics in Rio as well as the Olympics after the International Paralympic Committee decided Friday to open suspension proceedings following a damning report into state-sponsored doping.

Australia urges Rio security boost after Paralympian robbed

Sydney - Australian Olympic chiefs Tuesday demanded Rio Games organisers immediately improve security after a decorated Paralympian and her physiotherapist were robbed at gunpoint, underlining a crime wave sweeping the city.

Australia urges Rio security boost after Paralympian robbed

Sydney - Australian Olympic chiefs Tuesday demanded Rio Games organisers immediately improve security after a decorated Paralympian and her physiotherapist were robbed at gunpoint, underlining a crime wave sweeping the city.

Australia urges Rio security boost after Paralympian robbed

Sydney - Australian Olympic chiefs Tuesday demanded Rio Games organisers immediately improve security after a decorated Paralympian and her physiotherapist were robbed at gunpoint, underlining a crime wave sweeping the city.

Russia closes 'best ever' Games under Crimea shadow

Sochi - Russia on Sunday laid on a glittering closing ceremony in Sochi to draw the curtain on the Winter Paralympic Games hailed as the "best ever" but held under the long shadow of the standoff over Crimea.The ceremony took place on the same day as the contr...

Putin meets Ukrainian paralympic chief amid Crimea crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin met the head of Ukraine's Paralympic committee on Saturday, a day before the Games' closing ceremony and a referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea on whether to become part of Russia.

Sochi exceeding all expectations, IPC chief says

The world Paralympics chief praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday for staging a "fantastic" Winter Paralympic Games and said the competition in Sochi was on track to become the mo...

First paralympic medals in Russia under Ukraine shadow

Chereshnya - Paralympians set about turning the spotlight on to the sporting action as competition got underway in the Winter Paralympics on Saturday after an opening ceremony overshadowed by Russia's intervention in Crimea.Russian President Vladimir Putin had open...

Italian sledge hockey player fails doping test

Italian sledge hockey player Igor Stella has been suspended from the Winter Paralympics in Sochi after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, the Italian Paralympic Committee (CIP) said on Friday.

Russia opens Paralympics as Crimea crisis rages across sea

Sochi - Russia opens its first ever Winter Paralympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, an opportunity for people with disabilities to triumph but which the crisis in Ukraine threatens to derail.

Ukraine Paralympic chief says will quit Games if Russia invades

Ukraine's Paralympic chief said on Friday his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, adding that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace ...

Russia Paralympics under shadow of Ukraine crisis

Moscow - Russia on Friday will open its first ever Paralympic Games, in Sochi, a chance to lift the stigma against people with disabilities in the country but already shadowed by Moscow's intervention in neighbouring Ukraine.President Vladimir Putin is schedule...

Science sees future beyond Paralympics

Paris - Imagine a future with no sporting events for paralysed people.

Advice for travelers attending the winter Olympics

Moscow - Health agencies have offered advice for those planning to brave the chilly temperatures and attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Paralympic swimmer not disabled enough for world championships

Montreal - Overcoming adversity takes a lot of will power, drive, and support from family and friends. Everyone has encountered setbacks in life, but what happens when everything you’ve worked for suddenly comes to a halt?

Oscar Pistorius biopic lined up?

According to various media reports, Oscar Pistorius could soon be set for the Hollywood treatment, with man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling set to play him.
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Paralympic athletes with Clover Moore. Left to right: Grant Mizens  Wheelchair Basketball player - B...
Paralympic athletes with Clover Moore. Left to right: Grant Mizens, Wheelchair Basketball player - Beijing gold medal winner. Michelle Rzepecki, Goalball player. Kylie Gauci, Wheelchair Basketball player - won the bronze and silver medals at the last two Paralympics. Tina McKenzie, Wheelchair basketball player. Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP practicing her basketball skills.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP practicing her basketball skills.
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
Jason Hellwig  Chef de Mission  Australian Paralympic Team.
Jason Hellwig, Chef de Mission, Australian Paralympic Team.
Left to right: Grant Mizens  Wheelchair Basketball player - Beijing gold medal winner. Michelle Rzep...
Left to right: Grant Mizens, Wheelchair Basketball player - Beijing gold medal winner. Michelle Rzepecki, Goalball player. Kylie Gauci, Wheelchair Basketball player - won the bronze and silver medals at the last two Paralympics.
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
Stephanie Brantz; Australian Sports Presenter for ABC TV.
Stephanie Brantz; Australian Sports Presenter for ABC TV.
London: Paralympic Village
London: Paralympic Village
Paralympic athletes.
Paralympic athletes.
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
Left to right: Grant Mizens  Tina McKenzie  Kylie Gauci & Sarah Stewart.
Left to right: Grant Mizens, Tina McKenzie, Kylie Gauci & Sarah Stewart.
Justin Holdforth  Head of Sports & Events – ABC TV.
Justin Holdforth, Head of Sports & Events – ABC TV.
Sarah Stewart  Wheelchair Basketball player (forward/centre)  speaking to Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP...
Sarah Stewart, Wheelchair Basketball player (forward/centre), speaking to Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
The bust of Poppa Guttmann in Paralympic Village
Justin Holdforth  Head of Sports & Events – ABC TV (left) & Jason Hellwig  Chef de Mission  Austra...
Justin Holdforth, Head of Sports & Events – ABC TV (left) & Jason Hellwig, Chef de Mission, Australian Paralympic Team (right).

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