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Paralympic flames find new permanent home at Stoke Mandeville

the paralympic torch for 2024

Paralympic flames will now start their journeys from Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire.

From the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games the lighting point for torches will take place at the Aylesbury village which can be traced back to where the first games took place for disabled athletes.

On 29 July 1948, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic Games, Sir Ludwig Guttmann launched a sporting event, then known as Stoke Mandeville Games, for wheelchair athletes.

Over time the games grew in popularity, in 1980 the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome to coincide with the Olympics.

Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said: "It is fitting that 75 years on from those historic first Stoke Mandeville Games... we are announcing that Stoke Mandeville will play an even greater role in all future editions of the Paralympic Games.

"The Paralympic Movement owes Stoke Mandeville and Sir Ludwig Guttmann a huge debt of gratitude.”

[ The Paris Paralympic Games will take place between 28 August and 8 September 2024 ]

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