The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities. The athletes are broken into six competition categories, including: amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, wheelchair, visually impaired, and “Les Autres” (those that don’t fall within the other five categories).
The first Paralympic Games took place in Rome in 1960. The first Winter Paralympics were later held in 1976. The event has taken place during the same years as the summer and winter Olympics since its existence and has grown to the point where the Paralympics and Olympics are now paired together, with the Paralympics taking place immediately following the conclusion of the Olympics in the same host city. Learn more on the official Paralympics website.
To date, Eswatini has yet to be represented in the Paralympic Games.
The next Paralympic Games will be hosted in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan from the 25th of August to the 5th of September.