Photo: Sitting volleyball match between Germany and USA at the Paralympics 2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Tokyo 2020: Record number of sports to be broadcast live


A record 16 disciplines from 14 sports will be available for Rights Holding Broadcasters to show live from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed.
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Photo: Wheelchair rugby between Brazil and Great Britain at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Sports wheelchairs: Playing field, street and skatepark demand variety


For many people with disabilities, the wheelchair is not just their everyday companion but increasingly also turns into sports equipment. What are some of the differences when this assistive device is used for recreational purposes versus in professional sports? And what makes them so unique? has asked several athletes to find out.
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Photo: Handbike on the street. One leg of a athlete can be seen standing beside the bike; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Adaptive sports equipment runs the gamut from custom adaptation to unauthorized modification


People with disabilities always have to be creative if they want to take part in aspects of life that many take for granted. And that’s no different when it comes to sports. Since then, lots of adaptive equipment to accommodate special disabilities and sports has been developed, while the choices and leisure sector options have likewise become more multifaceted.
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Photo: Anna Schaffelhuber with her monoski in front of a mountain panorama; Copyright:

Adaptive equipment in winter sports: Customized and expensive, but extremely important for performance


For winter sports enthusiasts, the wrong type of wax or the wrong grinding for the runners spells disaster - after all, one-hundredths of a second can make all the difference. Anna Schaffelhuber and Andrea Eskau, who make up two-quarters of Germany’s successful "A-Team" during the 2018 Paralympics, explain the importance of adaptive equipment and assistive technology for their performance.
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Photo: Markus Boettner; Copyright: private

Markus Boettner – That's how he rolls


Markus Boettner grew up with the Wartburg in sight and the Thuringian Forrest as playground. After he graduated University the passionate musician moved to Galway, Ireland. He moved back to Germany since half a year now. What moves the linguist and why a quotation of his good friend enriches his life, he tells us at
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Photo: Christian Jaster; Copyright: Malte Wittmershaus

Christian Jaster – That's how he rolls


Para ice hockey is the ultimate sport for Christian Jaster. Since he was a child he is infected with the ice hockey virus. Meanwhile, Jaster has become an integral part of the German Para Ice Hockey National Team and webmaster of the official homepage. What other sports he wants to try out and what he would like to be, he tells us at
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