Great Britain (Q941)

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This is for when the United Kingdom is competing internationally.
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • GB
  • Royaume-Uni
  • GBR
  • GRB
  • GBI
Language Label Description Also known as
English
Great Britain
This is for when the United Kingdom is competing internationally.
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • GB
  • Royaume-Uni
  • GBR
  • GRB
  • GBI

Statements

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Brittain, Ian (May 2012). "From Stoke Mandeville to Stratford: A History of the Summer Paralympic Games" (PDF). CURVE. Champaign, Illinois: Common Ground Publishing.
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August 1924Gregorian
In Paris in August 1924, the "International Silent Games" were held, where 148 athletes from 9 nations (Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania) in 7 disciplines (athetism, road cycling, football, diving, tennis and shooting).
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."
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."
1972
While Britain was no longer advocating a boycott of Rhodesian participation, they discouraged 1972 Summer Paralympic organized to use the Rhodesian flag or anthem, and refused to allow Rhodesian sportspeople compete as a contingent of Great Britain.
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.
1964
Despite the political pressure on Rhodesia for its white only policies in the 1960s, British support for the Games insured their Paralympic participation was not questioned.
1972
The British Ambassador to West Germany held a reception following the 1968 Summer Paralympics for Paralympians from Rhodesia, Gibraltar and the Bahamas.
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
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.
1968
The British Embassy in Israel sent a telegram ahead of the 1968 Games to the Foriegn and Commonwealth Office in London. (1z/2z)