PARAOLIMPIJSKE IGRE - ATENE 2004
vam naše Paraolimpijce - udeležence dosedanjih
iger in tiste ki bodo
sodelovali v Atenah 2004. Klik na njihovo
sliko vam ponudi njihov portret.
bodo že četrte Paraolimpijske igre, ki se jih bodo udeležili
naši športniki invalidi, odkar je Slovenija samostojna država.
prvih igrah v Barceloni smo osvojili 3 medalje (prvo sploh pa je osvojila naša atletinja Draga
v Atlanti 5, v Sydneyu pa 4 - koliko pa jih bo na teh
koliko športnikov invalidov bo sodelovalo? Vse odgovore boste
dobili na naših straneh!
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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.
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.
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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
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
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, 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
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).
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
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
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.