For thousands of years, people have been playing sports. However, the commercialization and professionalization of sport has recently increased its status in society and has significantly increased the proportion of people involved in sports. While many sports involve the ability to see, deteriorating vision does not mean giving up sports. Whether it's recreational exercise or competitive sports, there are a number of options for blind or visually impaired people.
Some sports have been specially adapted, others require a partner guide, and some can even be freely practiced without special requirements. Here are some interesting things about the world of sports for the blind and visually impaired:
The Paralympic Games is a major international multi-sport competition, similar to the Olympic Games, for athletes with a variety of physical disabilities. There are both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, which feature thousands of the world's most talented athletes competing internationally.
Vision can be partially impaired (enough to be considered officially blind) or completely. Visually impaired athletes compete in sports such as athletics, swimming, skiing, football, judo, shooting and more. For visually impaired athletes, the gold medal at the Paralympic Games is the holy grail in the world of sports.
Goalball is a team sport specially created for athletes with visual impairments. It was invented in 1946 by Austrian Hans Lorenzen and German Sepp Reindle to rehabilitate blind World War II veterans. This sport is exclusively played by blind and visually impaired athletes and all players must wear an opaque blindfold to ensure fair competition. Each team has 3 players on the court, and the goal of the game is to get around the opponent and throw the ball into his goal.
There are always people striving for the pinnacle of success, in order to achieve what was previously considered impossible. The blind and visually impaired are no exception. In 2001, Erik Weichenmeier climbed the world's greatest heights, becoming the first blind person to climb Mount Everest.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Marla Runyan became the first blind athlete to compete in the Olympic Games, finishing 8th in the 1500m race. Derek Rabelo was officially born blind, but learned to surf when he was just three years old. These wonderful people emphasize that overcoming barriers and achieving the seemingly impossible is not the prerogative of only the sighted.
The long distance, grueling combination of swimming, cycling and running seems like a competition that a blind person cannot pass. Yet, remarkably, this did not stop many blind and visually impaired people from taking up the challenge. To participate in such an event, the blind and visually impaired are tied with a cable to the "pilot-guide" during the running and swimming phases and ride a tandem bike during the cycling phase.
According to statistics, visually impaired people make up about 314 million people worldwide.
Considering that in the majority of even the most developed countries, it is impossible to stop the aging trend, since this process is irreversible, it becomes clear that the number of such people will increase all the time.
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Amar Latif is credited as the originator of this idea. Having very poor eyesight, he created his own travel agency, and having the experience of a good traveler with various travel tours, he visited many countries.
This person did not have the opportunity to do what he wanted, to travel where he wanted most, and it was very sad.
This inspired him to create and implement a specific tour from the agency for the blind, which greatly helps them to feel everything that people with normal eyesight admire.
The number of visually impaired people is up to 15% in the countries of Europe, and about 8% in Russia. Therefore, for such people, the activities of such professional travel and excursion agencies are very valuable.
Taking into account the statistics, it is clear that the number of people with poor eyesight is increasing, mainly as a result of all sorts of accidents, car accidents, military operations, all kinds of natural disasters and cataclysms.
A significant number of such people are extreme lovers and athletes, and some of them have poor vision from birth.
This suggests that the provision of travel and excursion services for people with poor eyesight is not the last in the competitive business market.
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