Not just paralympic athletes: Assunta Legnante

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Assunta wearing the gold medal at the Paralympics in London, 2012

And now we move on to female throwers! We have interviewed Oney Tapia, next up we have Assunta. Assunta Legnante was born in Naples in 1978 and she is a strong willful woman. In 2009, she starts losing her eyesight due to congenital glaucoma, and this threatens her sporting career. In fact, in 2004, despite having obtained the right to … Read More

Not just paralympic athletes: Oney Tapia

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Oney Tapia exulting. On background an italian flag.

After the interview with the speedster Arjola Dedaj, we had the pleasure to have a talk with her teammate Oney Tapia too. Oney Tapia was born in La Habana (Cuba), on February 27, 1976 and now lives in Sotto Monte, in the province of Bergamo. He is an eternal optimist and loves enjoying every good thing in life. He likes … Read More

Not just paralympic athletes: Arjola Dedaj

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Athlete Arjola Dedaj in the foreground

With the Paralympics approaching, we couldn’t let go of the opportunity of interviewing some of the blind athletes taking part to the  games. Today we’ll get to know one of the athletes representing Italy in the athletics team. Arjola Dedaj is a blind paralympic athlete born in Tirana (Albania) in 1981. She’s been visually impaired from birth because of retinitis … Read More

Rio 2016 continues: tonight the Olympic flame will light up the Paralympics

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Olympic Torch with Rio 2016 logo

The countdown has begun! The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games are upon us and we are looking forward to hearing the starting pistol and seeing the 4,350 athletes from 176 countries around the world competing and celebrating the Olympic spirit! This year the program will boast 23 disciplines including, for the first time, para-rowing and paratriathlon. The name Paralympics carries with … Read More

Innovation at the Paralympics: Introducing Blind Cap, the first technology-enabled swimming head cap

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Blind Cap, a silicone swimming head cap with a vibrating component developed by Samsung

In 1960, swimming became part of the programme of the Paralympic Games, and the technique used in the competitions has remained the same for the past 56 years. Swimming competitions for the blind do not differ much from those for athletes without disabilities, if not for two important aspects: the “tapping” The athletes’ coaches, equipped with a special stick that … Read More