1976 Summer Paralympics

Paralympics infobox
Name = V Paralympic Games

Host city = Toronto, Canada
Nations participating = 32
Athletes participating = 1657 (1404 men, 253 women)
Officially opened by = ?
Opening ceremony = August 3
Closing ceremony = August 11
Events = 447 in 13 sports
The 1976 Summer Paralympics were the fifth Paralympic Games to be held. They were held in Toronto, in the province of Ontario, Canada. They were originally known as the Torontolympiad [ [http://www.paralympic.ca/page?a=229&lang=en-CA www.paralympic.ca] ] .

This marked the first time that Canada hosted the Paralympics. Canada will host the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.

Opening Ceremonies, Venues and Closing Ceremonies

The opening of the 1976 games were held at Woodbine Race Track in north Etobicoke. Athletes were housed at York University, University of Toronto and the CNIB. Closing ceromonies took place at Centennial Park Stadium. Centennial Park's Olympic Pool was the other venue.

Sports

At the 1976 games, amputees and visually impaired athletes competed for the first time; previous editions of the Paralympic Games had included only wheelchair athletes. Within the sport of athletics, new wheelchair racing distances of 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1500 m were added. Shooting and goalball, both previously demonstration events, were included as official medal sports. [cite web |title=Toronto 1976 |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Paralympic_Games/Past_Games/Toronto_1976/index.html |accessdate=2008-08-06 ]

* Archery
* Athletics
* Dartchery
* Goalball
* Lawn bowls
* Shooting
* Snooker
* Swimming
* Table tennis
* Volleyball
* Weightlifting
* Wheelchair basketball
* Wheelchair fencing

Medal table

Participating delegations

Forty delegations took part in the Toronto Paralympics. [cite web |title= Medal Standings - Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games |publisher=International Paralympic Committee |date=2008 |url=http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Sports/Results/paralympics_reports.html?type=medalstandings&games=1976PG |accessdate=2008-08-08]

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