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Predstavljamo vam naše Paraolimpijce - udeležence dosedanjih iger in tiste ki bodo sodelovali v Atenah 2004. Klik na njihovo sliko vam ponudi njihov portret.

To bodo že četrte Paraolimpijske igre, ki se jih bodo udeležili naši športniki invalidi, odkar je Slovenija samostojna država.

Na prvih igrah v Barceloni smo osvojili 3 medalje (prvo sploh pa je osvojila naša atletinja Draga Lapornik), v Atlanti 5, v Sydneyu pa 4 - koliko pa jih bo na teh igrah? In koliko športnikov invalidov bo sodelovalo? Vse odgovore boste dobili na naših straneh!

Povezava na uradne strani Olimpijskih iger 2004

The official Site of XII. Paralympic Games
Athens 2004

17. - 28. september 2004




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Povezava na uradne strani Paraolimpijskih iger 2004 

The official Site of Olympic Games

Athens 2004

13. - 31. august 2004

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Vision of the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games


An elite sports competition

Athletes from all nations will unite in Greece, to compete in a top-level sports event, the 2004 Paralympic Games.
Focusing on the Athlete and not on disability, the Athens Paralympic Games will provide to the spectators, viewers and volunteers a unique experience showcasing the athletes’ pursuit of a lifetime performance. The Paralympic Athletes’ strength and skill to compete at the highest level will inspire the world to celebrate this great sports competition and determine the measure of human greatness, leaving a legacy for the generations to come.
The ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games will present an elite competition of the highest standards, integrated with a unique historical, cultural and natural environment.

Paralympic Games


Two weeks after the completion of the Olympic Games, the best Paralympic athletes will come to Athens to compete in the Paralympic Games. The general philosophy of the Paralympic Games is to follow the rules of the Olympic sports as much as possible.

Such a philosophy is already implied in the name of the event. The term “Paralympic” derives from the word “Olympic” and the prefix “Para”, a Greek preposition which means “close to”. The Paralympic Games is an elite sports event in terms of both the organisation and the actual competition.

You can download the video presentation (30Kbps 3mb or 90 Kbps 5mb) of the Paralympic Games (Click here to download if your computer does not have the required Windows Media Player installed). 

Attendance and Schedule:

From the 17th to the 28th of September 2004 Athens will welcome 4,000 Paralympic athletes from about 130 countries, as well as over 2,000 team officials. All will be accommodated at the Paralympic Village.

About 3,000 media representatives will cover the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games while approximately 1,000 technical officials and 15,000 volunteers will provide assistance.

The event will also be attended by 2,500 members of the Paralympic Family (representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) etc.), will also attend the whole event.

The Paralympic Games will be held at the same Olympic Venues which are provided with the necessary facilities to accommodate the athletes and spectators. At the same time, infrastructure is being upgraded in all cities so as to ensure their accessibility to all.

Equality among Paralympic and Olympic Athletes

In order to establish equitable practices, athletes competing in the Paralympic Games will, for the first time in the history of the events, not have to pay any participation fees. By abolishing the participation fees, ATHENS 2004 wishes to eliminate any discrimination between the athletes taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In addition to abolishing the fees for the first time, ATHENS 2004 is the first Organising Committee for the Olympic Games which, operating under a unified management structure, is responsible for organising both the Olympic and the Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Games Division is responsible for providing strategic planning, coordination and support to all ATHENS 2004 departments and divisions while working closely with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)


Olympic Stadium (STA)


The Olympic Stadium, the centre of attraction during the 2004 Paralympics Games, is situated at Marousi, a northern suburb of Athens. The stadium is part of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. There will be 75,000 spectators from all over the world who will join together during Games-time to attend the exciting athletics, as well as the Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremony. ATHENS 2004 and the Ministry of Culture have asked Santiago Calatrava, the well-known architect, to redesign and upgrade OAKA in an innovative and creative way. The General Secretariat of Sports (GSS) is responsible for the renovation and extension of OAKA and the completion date is scheduled for December 2003.

The famous marathon race has its roots back to an ancient Greek legend, where a Greek herald named Phidippides, ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory against the Persians at the battle of Marathon, a small village back then, but with a great historic value to modern times. The marathon race is very popular in Greece, as a symbol of the revival of the Olympic Games, also because the first gold-medal athlete in the marathon race in 1896 was the Greek, Spyros Louis. The marathon route at the 2004 Paralympic Games will be identical to the original one run by Phidippides during the ancient years and by Spyros Louis at the 1896 Olympic Games. Its starting point will be in Marathon, called the Marathon start and the finishing line at the Panathinaikon Stadium - the famous Marble Stadium known as "Kallimarmaro" where the Olympic Games were revived in 1896. The Ministry of Environment, Public Welfare and Public Works is responsible for several overlays that will take place to meet Olympic and Paralympic requirements.

The Panathinaikon Stadium (photo), widely known as "Kallimarmaro" or the ancient marble stadium, is the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 were held. Even in ancient years, the Panathinaikon (or Panathenian) Stadium was largely used to host the Panathenean Games, festival events that were held to honour the Greek Goddess Athena (the Goddess of wisdom, skills, and warfare in ancient Greece and protector of the City of Athens). Historians considered it, at that time, to be "a miracle above description that it had almost exhausted the marble quarries of mountain Penteli" (Pausanias). It is situated in the heart of the Greek capital, Athens and it was first reconstructed in 1895 for the purpose of becoming the main stadium to host the 1896 Olympic Games.
The time has come to serve once again as one of the competition venues for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The renovations that will take place, under the responsibility of the General Secretariat of Sports and the Ministry of Culture, include upgrades and modifications on its infrastructure, mainly in the scope of restoration of the monument, configuration of the track and surrounding areas, incorporation of lighting, and establishment of anti-fire systems. The overall project of restoration will result in a venue that will host the marathon finish. The project is due in July 2003. (The allocation of sports is provisional only and subject to changes).

Paralympic Village (PLV)

The Paralympic Village will be established in a selected area of the Olympic Village complex, which is situated at LEKANES in the Municipality of Acharnes, at a distance of 11 km from the Athens Olympic Stadium (OCO). The requirements of the Paralympic Village will be generally incorporated into the specifications of the Olympic Village.

Within the Paralympic Village area, 4000 athletes and 2000 team officials will be accommodated. At least 2000 of these are expected to be wheelchair users. One thousand technical officials will also be accommodated in a part of the Paralympic Village, separated from the area occupied by the athletes and team officials.

In order to serve the needs of all the athletes with various disabilities, all the facilities and outdoor spaces will be designed to meet the accessibility requirements established for the Village. This will be achieved through adaptations of permanent designs and the provision of additional facilities for disabled athletes. The outcome will be an effective, accessible, safe and efficient Paralympic Village with a minimum of work to be undertaken in the transitional period, between the end of the Olympic Games and the commencement of the Paralympic Games.


The residence buildings consist of two, three and four-storey buildings. All will be wheelchair accessible via ramps with elevator access to the upper floors, except for the two-storey residences in which only the ground floor apartments will be wheelchair accessible.

All the apartments will be air-conditioned and will have either three or four bedrooms.
The three bedroom apartments will be used by six athletes and the four bedroom apartments will be used by eight athletes. During the Paralympic Games use, the numbers of athletes accommodated in each apartment will be reduced to allow for better accommodation conditions for the wheelchair users requiring more space. The apartments for the wheelchair athletes will also have specially adapted bathrooms.

Special attention will be paid to the landscaping of the Village, and planting will be chosen to meet bioclimatic, accessibility and aesthetic requirements.

The Residential Zone and infrastructure works construction have already been started and, according to the time schedule, Labour Housing Organisation (OEK) will handover the Village to ATHENS 2004 by the end of 2003.

The Paralympic Village will operate during the Paralympic Games, which will be staged during the last two weeks of September 2004.

As the Olympic Village will operate as a prototype social housing estate in its post-Olympic use, the accessibility requirements incorporated in the design solutions will also serve the needs of disabled, elderly and all other future permanent residents who are the OEK beneficiaries, as a legacy of the Paralympic Games.


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