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The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport games held immediately following the Olympic Games. Physically disabled athletes with Mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness and cerebral palsy, make up the body of the games.

The Paralympics have grown from a small gathering of British World War II veterans in 1948 to become one of the largest international sport events by the early 21st century. Paralympians strive for equal treatment with able-bodied Olympic athletes, but there is a large funding gap between Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

There are also sports, such as track and Field athletics, that are resistant to Paralympians who wish to compete equally with able-bodied athletes, though there have been Paralympians who have participated in the Olympic Games. The Paralympics games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee in conjunction with the International Olympic Committee. The Paralympic Committee of Trinidad and Tobago is the affiliate in this country.

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JudoJudo is the Japanese modern martial art that incorporates methods for throwing or taking down opponents. The word judo translates to “the gentle way”. It was founded in Tokyo, Japan by Jigoro Kano around 1880 Kano started rethinking jujitsu techniques he learnt. He found that by combining the best techniques of various schools into one system he could create a physical education program that would embody mental and physical skill. In addition, he believed that the techniques could be practiced as a competitive sport if the more dangerous techniques were omitted. In 1882, he took the best throws and grappling techniques of ancient jujitsu, added some of his own, and removed such dangerous techniques as foot and hand strikes.

Kano at the age of 22, presented his new sport--Judo. He called this sport Kodokan Judo. The term Kodokan breaks down into ko (lecture, study, method), do (way or path), and kan (hall or place). Thus it means "a place to study the way." Similarly Judo breaks down into ju (gentle) and do (way or path) or "the gentle way." Judo made its debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and has been included since.

The International Judo Federation is the governing body for judo and oversees international tournaments. The Trinidad and Tobago Judo Association is the affiliate judo organization in Trinidad and Tobago.

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NetballNetball is Trinidad and Tobago’s most successful team sport at international level. The country placed first (joint with New Zealand) in the 1979 World Netball Championship, third in 1983, second in 1987 and is currently ranked 8th in the world (09/11/10).   commonwealth countries. In 1995 Netball became a "recognized" Olympic sport and one of IFNAs objectives is to ensure this status is retained and encourage the International Olympic Committee to include Netball in the Olympic Games Programme in the future.


Netball was included in the Commonwealth Games programme, for the first time, in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, where Australia took the Gold medal, New Zealand Silver and England the Bronze. It was also a programmed sport in 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, where Australia again took the Gold medal, New Zealand Silver and Jamaica edging out England for the Bronze. 

Netball is now a core sport in the Commonwealth Games, with the next edition taking place in New Delhi, India where New Zealand will look to defend the title they won in Melbourne, Australia in 2006.

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Field HockeyThere are three classes of competitive hockey played today; Field hockey, Ice hockey and Roller hockey. Existing evidence suggests raw forms of hockey notably stick and ball games were played in ancient Egypt and Ethiopia some 4,000 years ago and in other historic civilizations. The modern day field hockey evolved in England in the mid-18th century, primarily around schools.

The sport has been part of the Summer Olympic Games continually since 1928 after making its debut at London, 1908 (Subsequently being dropped from Stockholm 1912 and Paris 1924) and the Commonwealth Games in 1998. The International Hockey Federation (IHF) was founded in 1924 after the Paris organizers refused to include hockey on the basis that the sport had no International Federation.

The Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board over sees hockey in Trinidad and Tobago.

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The art of Karate is a system of combat developed on the island of Okinawa, Japan. The word literally translates to “empty hand way”. This refers to Karate originating as a system of self-defense that relied on the effective use of the unarmed body of the practitioner. This system consisted of techniques of blocking or thwarting an attack and counter-attacking the opponent by punching, striking or kicking. The modern art of Karate has developed out of a thorough organization of these techniques. Karate as a means of self-defense has the oldest history, going back hundreds of years.

It is only in recent years that the techniques which have been handed down were scientifically studied and the principles evolved for making the most effective use of the various moves of the body. Training based on these principles and knowledge of the working of the muscles and the joints and the vital relation between movement and balance enable the modern student of Karate to be prepared, both physically and psychologically, to defend himself successfully against any would-be assailant. Karate may be more popular than judo and taekwondo, but unlike its martial arts cousins, it is not an Olympic sport. The international Federation of KarateIt is bidding for inclusion in for London 2012. The Trinidad and Tobago Karate Union is the affiliate in Trinidad and Tobago.

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GymnasticsGymnastics has been one of the most popular sports of the Olympic games as it was one of the pioneering sports of the games in ancient Greece. The origin of the word gymnastics comes from the Greek word Gymnos which means naked. Competition events fall under one of three categories: Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Artistic Events are performed on apparatus. Men compete in floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bars. Female gymnasts compete on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor.

The competition includes individual all-around events and team events, also scored over each apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics, also referred to as “modern gymnastics,” is strictly a women’s sport. The gymnasts, perform on a 13-meter-square floor area to the accompaniment of music. This performance includes the use of rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. The use of a trampoline can be dated back to the 1800s. Trampoline competitions recently debuted at the 2000 Sydney Games featuring both men’s and women’s individual events.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) is the international governing body for gymnastics with 129 national affiliates and 50 million licensed gymnasts.

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