Paralympic World Cup

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Cycling at the Manchester Velodrome, during the 2009 World Cup. BT Paralympic World Cup 2009 - Manchester Velodrome.jpg
Cycling at the Manchester Velodrome, during the 2009 World Cup.

The Paralympic World Cup is an annual international multi-sport event for elite athletes with a disability, [1] that has been hosted in Manchester, England, since 2005. It is organized by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) in coordination with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports among organized teams of athletes from (mostly) nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance is the modern Olympic Games.

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British Paralympic Association National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) is the National Paralympic Committee for Great Britain (GBR), and is responsible for the United Kingdom's participation in the Paralympic Games.



British sprinter John McFall, after taking the gold in the men's 200 metres T42 (single amputation above the knee) at the 2007 World Cup. JohnMcFall-Manchester-20070513.jpg
British sprinter John McFall, after taking the gold in the men's 200 metres T42 (single amputation above the knee) at the 2007 World Cup.

Since 2010, athletes are divided into four teams: Great Britain, Europe, Americas and one team with the rest of the world. Athletes' individual performances also count towards a team score, and the winning team get the BT Paralympic World Cup trophy. [2]

Prior to 2011, the event was broadcast by the BBC with international highlights available. [3] Prior to 2011, the credit card company Visa was the title sponsor for the event.

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In 2011, the event's title sponsor was BT (British Telecommumications plc). [4] For 2011, Channel 4 is the host broadcaster. [2]

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Paralympic swimming

Paralympic swimming is an adaptation of the sport of swimming for athletes with disabilities. Paralympic swimmers compete at the Summer Paralympic Games and at other sports competitions throughout the world. The sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee. Both men and women compete in Paralympic swimming, racing against competitors of their own gender. Swimming has been a part of the Paralympic program since the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.


Games Date Nations Athletes Sports Notes
2005 Visa Paralympic World Cup 12–15 Mayca 40ca 3504 [5]
2006 Visa Paralympic World Cup 1–7 May403604 [6]
2007 Visa Paralympic World Cup 7–13 May47ca 3504 [7]
2008 Paralympic World Cup 45ca 4004 [8] [9]
2009 BT Paralympic World Cup 40over 4004 [10]
2010 BT Paralympic World Cup 25–31 May283034
2011 BT Paralympic World Cup 23–28 Mayover 30over 3003 [11]
2012 BT Paralympic World Cup

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