The 2022 Winter Paralympic Games open in Beijing on Friday, and Google is marking the occasion with an animated Doodle highlighting the sports in which athletes will compete.
The Paralympic Games began as a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 and have grown into the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with physical disabilities. The Paralympics have been held in the same year as the Olympic Games since 1960.
This year’s competition, officially known as the XIII. Known as the Paralympic Winter Games, takes place from March 4th to 13th and is the largest Paralympic winter sport to date. Around 650 athletes will compete for 78 medals in six sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.
The games were supposed to have representatives from 49 countries, but athletes from Russia and Belarus were barred from participating after other teams threatened to boycott the games. Belarus was included in the ban because that country served as a key staging area for the invasion that Russia launched last week.
Thursday’s International Paralympic Committee decision came a day after the governing body said it would allow athletes from both countries to compete in the Games as neutrals.
Russia is preparing a lawsuit against the IPC’s decision before the Sports Arbitration Court, Russian news agency Tass reported on Thursday. A 71-strong Russian contingent and a 12-strong team from Belarus are already in Beijing.
Games will be broadcast on NBC, Peacock, USA Network, Olympic Channel, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports App. the You can find the broadcast schedule here.
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