Why are there athletes competing in the same category but with different disabilities?

The Paralympic classification is a functional classification, where all athletes competing in the same category are guaranteed to have similar functional abilities:

  • Mobility

  • Coordination

  • Balance

Therefore, athletes with different disabilities may be grouped in the same category and compete together.

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