Parasports in the time of Coronavirus – restart and reset on hold

20/04/2021

Photo: Wheelchair Basketball player during warm-up before a game; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Such images feel as if they were a lifetime ago. Who still misses it, the smell of gyms? The feeling of doing sports together with others? Digital offerings – no matter how good – cannot replace the bio-psycho-social aspects of sport.

Photo: Bernhard Schneider, Chairman of the Rehabilitation and Sports Association of People with Disabilities in North-Rhine Westphalia e. V.; Copyright: Axel Kohring

Bernhard Schneider, Chairman of the Rehabilitation and Sports Association of People with Disabilities in North-Rhine Westphalia e. V.

Photo: Prosthetic runner during the European Athletics Championships in Berlin 2018. Sunset in the background; Copyright: Jörg Varys, die Projektoren | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

The highlight of Tokyo 2020: That was the declared athletic goal for many athletes. Corona did not destroy this dream, but made the conditions more difficult – not only for the para-athletes.

Photo: Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private