1984 Summer Paralympics (Q1555)

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Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1984 Paralympic Games
  • 1984PSG
  • 1984 Stoke Mandeville (GBR), New York (USA) (Summer Games)
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1984 Summer Paralympics
Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1984 Paralympic Games
  • 1984PSG
  • 1984 Stoke Mandeville (GBR), New York (USA) (Summer Games)

Statements

Baum, writing for Newsday, a local newspaper, reports that the first day of competition was marked by organisational confusion at the 1984 New York Games.
The cost of the 1984 NY Games was estimated at $8.238- million of which $4.5million was to cover the costs of the overtime bill for the 900 police officers providing security for the Games. Of the remaining a large proportion of it was covered by a federal government grant of $850,000 and the state of New York provided $550,000 plus $263,000 for National Guard support.
The shoe finally came off completely on the last lap leaving Colin to run with only one shoe whilst kicking for the line. Bob and Colin’s performance is perhaps all the more remarkable for the fact that Bob had only taken up running two years earlier with Bob having competed in goalball in Arnhem four years before. (2/2)
The 1984 New York Games had a number of issues ranging from poor communication to volunteer bus driver who didn’t know the route to event scheduling problems that caused some teams and individuals to miss their events completely.
Programme Director, Robert Koch and Games Director, Michael Mushett had no experience or understanding of international events or how to run large programmes and yet still made no effort to get any help even when it was clear they were unable to cope.
Director of Media, Hank McCann, as stating ‘It’s quite basic…the general public believes it cannot handle watching disabled people do anything’ in relation to poor attendance at the 1984 Summer Paralympics compared to earlier Games.
Bob Matthews, a blind track athlete, and his guide Colin White won gold medals at 800m, 1500m and 5000m setting a new World Record on each occasion. The 5000m is however the most remarkable of the three as with three laps to go Tofiri Kibuka from Norway who finished second accidentally spiked Colin pulling the back of his running shoe loose. (1/2)
1 reference
Brittain, Ian. From Stoke Mandeville to Stratford: a History of the Summer Paralympic Games. Common Ground Publishing, 2012.