What are the main differences between the two Games?

The Paralympic Games take place two weeks after the Olympic Games. The Paralympic Games are practiced by athletes with an eligible disability.

There are two sports specific to the Paralympic Games: Boccia and Goalball. Other para sports may have adjustments to equipment or game rules.

The Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), headquartered in Bonn, Germany.

The Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games are two brands with different identities and origins: IOC vs. IPC, headquarters in Switzerland vs. Germany, Olympic Rings vs. Paralympic Agitos.

If you want to learn more about the history of the Paralympic Games, key symbols, Paralympic classifications, etc., a training course is available: https://rise.articulate.com/share/Cvl6hk8iDpNyos8UaDylz1ZkyevAFuay

Fact sheets on parasports are also available:


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