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1972 Summer Paralympics

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Nations participating  41
Events  187 in 10 sports
Closing ceremony  August 11
Athletes participating  1004
Opening ceremony  August 2
1972 Summer Paralympics
Host city  Heidelberg, West Germany

The 1972 Summer Paralympics (German: Paralympische Sommerspiele 1972), the fourth edition of the Paralympic Games, were held in Heidelberg, West Germany, from August 2 to 11, 1972.



As with previous Paralympics, the 1972 games were intended for wheelchair athletes only. However, demonstration events such as goalball and a 100 m sprint for the visually impaired allowed visually impaired competitors to participate for the first time.

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Dartchery
  • Goalball (demonstration sport)
  • Lawn bowls
  • Snooker
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair fencing
  • Medal table

    The top ten listed NOCs by number of gold medals are listed below. The host nation, West Germany, is highlighted.

    Participating delegations

    Forty-two delegations took part in the Heidelberg Paralympics.

    South Africa was competing at the Paralympics for the third time. Although banned from the Olympic Games due to its policy of apartheid, it was not banned from the Paralympics until 1980, and West Germany, as host country, did not object to its participation.

    Rhodesia competed for the last time. Its invitation to take part in the 1972 Summer Olympics was withdrawn by the International Olympic Committee four days before the opening ceremony, in response to African countries' protests against the Rhodesian government. But as the Paralympics that year were held before the Olympics (and independently from them), Rhodesia was able to take part in the 1972 Paralympic Games.


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