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Beijing 2008 Games: Paralympics & Olympics

Beijing 2008 Games: Paralympics & Olympics

The Paralympic Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental and sensory disabilities. This includes mobility disabilities, amputees, visual disabilities and those with cerebral palsy.
The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee.

The name derives from the Greek "para" ("beside" or "alongside") and thus refers to a competition held in parallel with the Olympic Games.

The Korean squad to the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games comprises 54 officials and 78 athletes, who will compete in 13 out of 20 events. The Beijing Paralympics run from September 6 to 17. 

Under the slogan of "One World One Dream," the 29th Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China from August 8 to 24. "One World One Dream" reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit - Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for the bright future of Mankind.

In the Olympics this year, Korea recorded the most outstanding performance ever, including the country's first gold medal in swimming by Park Tae-hwan, 9 straight wins and the gold medal by the baseball team and 5 world records by Jang Mi-ran in the women's over-75 kilogram weightlifting event.

Former Olympic taekwondo champion Moon Dae-sung was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) athletes' commission during the Beijing Olympics.

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