1988 Summer Paralympics (Q1558)

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Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1988 Paralympic Games Stoke Mandeville
  • 1988PSGSM
  • 1988 Seoul (Summer Games)
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1988 Summer Paralympics
Paralympic Games cycle
  • 1988 Paralympic Games Stoke Mandeville
  • 1988PSGSM
  • 1988 Seoul (Summer Games)


This led to a meeting of team managers after which a letter of protest signed by 17 of the national team managers was sent to the ICC Paralympic Committee Chairman Colin Rains protesting at the fact that such a large number of events had been cancelled after the teams had arrived in Seoul. (2/3)
The biggest problem to plague the 1988 Paralympic Games was the cancellation of events after teams had arrived in Seoul, mainly because not enough participants had entered or classification issues led to withdrawals. (1/3)
Without a doubt the outstanding performer at the Seoul Paralympic Games was Trischa Zorn, a partially sighted swimmer from the USA, who won an incredible ten individual and two relay gold medals in the pool. This feat of twelve gold medals at a Paralympic Games had never been achieved previously nor has it been repeated since.
The Iranian goalball team was disqualified and sent home from the 1988 Games for refusing to play against Israel in a group round game.
Wheelchair Tennis was added as a demonstration sport.
South Korea and Australia both originally bid for the 1984 Summer Games, before Australia dropped out.
The 1988 Games cost a total of $28,637,142 and made a profit of $1,324,286, which was used to found a Sports Association for the Disabled within South Korea.
1988 was the 1st PG the Soviet Union had ever taken part in. Team manager, Olga Bogdanova, put their participation down to the broad social changes and re-structuring going on in the Soviet Union at the time under the leadership of Mikhail Gorbachev. However, the team consisted only of 22 blind athletes as sport for other disabilities was not yet properly developed within the Soviet Union.
The largest team in Seoul was the one from the USA with 376 athletes and 119 staff members.
British swimmer Joanne Round was the youngest competitor at the Seoul Games. She was just twelve years old, but this didn’t stop her winning two relay gold medals and three individual silver medals.
For the first time since 1964 in Tokyo they were returning to the same host city and venues as the Olympic Games - a tradition that has continued ever since. e. Unfortunately they were not able to use the Olympic village.
The outstanding British female performer in Seoul was Beverley Gull, a paraplegic swimmer who won three individual gold medals.
The letter demanded that the events be reinstated regardless of the number of competitors. ICC issued a statement in support of the athletes and stated that everything possible would be done to minimise event cancellations. (3/3)
The outstanding British performer in Seoul was Mike Kenny, a tetraplegic swimmer who picked up five individual gold medals in the pool. He was closely followed by Robin Surgeoner, a CP swimmer and Michael Walker a CP athlete, who won four individual gold medals each.
Michael Edgson, a partially sighted swimmer from Canada also had an outstanding 1988 Games winning seven individual and two relay gold medals.
On the whole the Games in Seoul ran smoothly, although communication difficulties sometimes arose and the queues for food in the Paralympic village were a daily problem that was never really solved