1968 Summer Paralympics (Q1549)

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Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1968 Paralympic Games
  • 1968PSG
  • 1968 Tel Aviv (Summer Games)
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1968 Summer Paralympics
Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1968 Paralympic Games
  • 1968PSG
  • 1968 Tel Aviv (Summer Games)

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In order to try and do away with the political race between nations to prove their superiority, as was occurring in the Olympic Games, the Games in Tel Aviv had no official medal table and dispensed completely with the playing of national anthems and raising of national flags during medal ceremonies.
Members of the German team, when applying for visas, had to complete a questionnaire about their political past e.g. – whether they had been deNazified and in what category, which was a national law in Israel atthe time.
The Games youngest competitor was 13 year old Constance Meikle from Jamaica who broke the world record in the 50m breaststroke event for her class.
In order to overcome possible political issues surrounding the participation of Rhodesia in Tel Aviv the Israeli immigration officials sought and gained permission from Britain to allow Rhodesian athletes entry to Israel without looking at their passports.
These were the first Games to have a special commemorative stamp to honour the hosting of the Games depicting two wheelchair basketball players in action.
A number of newspapers reported that a single female competitor from Uruguay participated in Tel Aviv when describing the opening ceremony, but no mention of such a competitor can be found in the official results, which lists team sizes alongside medals won.
Each athlete filled out a landing card and their visa was stamped directly onto it without the passport being shown.
1968
If medals were divided by total competitors, South Africa led the medal count with an average of 3 medals per competitor at the 1968 Games.
1968
The telegram said the Israelis were, "reluctant to apply the rules too strictly on this occassiona both because Israel is the host country and because they anticipate an emotional outfrom from in the Press if it seemed they were acting harshly towards the physically handicapped." (2z/2z)
1968
To get around the unrecognized passports of the Rhodesian government, Israel asked permission from the British to allow Rhodesian Paralympians to enter the country without requesting a passport.
1972
The British ambassador in West Germany said, "As we have taken the view that, on humanitarian grounds, there is no objection to Rhodesian participation in the Games, it follows that we should treat the Rhodesians as individual paraplegics from a British colony."
1968
If medals were divided by total competitors, Rhodesia came in second on the medal count with an average of 1.3 medals per competitor at the 1968 Games.
1968
The British Embassy in Israel sent a telegram ahead of the 1968 Games to the Foriegn and Commonwealth Office in London. (1z/2z)
1972
The British Ambassador to West Germany held a reception following the 1968 Summer Paralympics for Paralympians from Rhodesia, Gibraltar and the Bahamas.
1968
If medals were divided by total competitors, the United States came in third on the medal count with an average of 1.2 medals per competitor at the 1968 Games.
1968
As Rhodesia was a member in good standing with the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation, Israeli hosts were obligated to invite them to participate in the 1968 Games.
1972
The British ambassador in West Germany went on to say, "This would would to show after the argument about Rhodesian participation the Olympic Games, that we are not vindictive towards Rhodesians, but we are simply concerned to maintain the status quo as regards sanctions."
1968
Members of the Rhodesian delegation at the 1968 Games were asked to provide landing cards for Israeli immigration to stamp. This way, Israeli passport control would not need to see the passport.
1968
The official report for the 1968 Games said medal counts were misleading and were often a political competition between the United States and Soviet Union.
1968
The 1968 Rhodesian Paralympic team was all white. The 1968 Rhodesian Olympic team was racially mixed.
1968
While the British were making an extra effort to make sure Rhodesia was included at the 1968 Summer Paralympics, they were working to see Rhodesia excluded from the 1968 Summer Paralympics in Mexico.