The role of 'Sport for All' within the paralympic movement

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Whilst it has been said that the Paralympic Movement is still in its stage of infancy, which is especially true concerning Paralympic research, the topic of “Sport for all” is prominent within academic literature focusing on the Paralympic Movement (Brittain, 2016; Howe & Jones, 2006). As a result,, “Sport for all” has usually been discussed in relation to the Movement’s agenda, i.e. to implement an elite or mass participation sports model, the controversial issue of classification, and sport development. The main argument that surfaces in this regard is that of questioning the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision to focus on elite sport and ‘commercialisation’. As a result, this has led to a diminishment in the number of disability classifications and sports included within the Paralympic sports programme (Howe & Jones, 2006; Mason, 2002). However, a detailed analysis has yet to be conducted on related activities of the sport for the disabled movement’s leaders and governing bodies. Furthermore, no attention, to the author’s knowledge, has been devoted to the position of the Paralympic Movement during the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) “Sports for all” movement, which took off with the election of Juan Antonio Samaranch as IOC President in 1980 (Wassong, 2014). The proposed study will attempt to fill this gap in knowledge and answer the questions of how “Sport for all” developed within the Paralympic Movement and what was the impact of the IOC’s stance respectively; it has been suggested that “Sport for all” was a possible factor within the establishment of the cooperation agreements between the IOC and IPC (Mason, 2002). Influenced by discourse analysis, the study will examine relevant materials attained from the IPC’s and IOC’s archives and the proceedings of the IOC’s World Conference on Sport for All, which was first held in Frankfurt in 1986 (Müller, 1996). It is intended that such enquiry into the development of “Sport for all” within the Paralympic Movement will both further enhance our understandings concerning the nature of the Paralympic Movement and uncover new revelations on the relationships among the leading institutions of the world of sports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport for All : history of a vision around the world ; book of abstracts ; 19th ISHPES Congress July 18-21, 2018 in Münster, Germany
EditorsM. Krüger, K. Reinhart
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherISHPES
Publication date2018
Pages132
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSport for all -- history of a vision around the world - Münster, Germany
Duration: 18.07.201821.07.2018
Conference number: 19

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