Italy1960 Paralympic Wheelchair BasketballItaly by Michael C. Bryce

 

The first wheelchair basketball Paralympics were held in Rome, Italy in 1960 Six days after the Olympic games closed on September 12. Dr. Ludwig Guttman was the president of the Games. Sponsorship of the games came from the Italian National Institute for Insurance and the Italian Olympic Committee. These games were not originally called the Paralympics. They were originally called the International Stoke Mandeville Games.

Interesting was the fact that the games were held outside on a compacted surface at the Tre Fontaine Sports Centre. The athletes were housed in inaccessible buildings and were lifted up an down stairs to get to their destinations.  There were 2 different classification tournaments held. One was complete lesion paraplegics. The other tournament had incomplete paraplegia. Medals were presented in both disability divisions. There were no womenís divisions in 1960.

 

 

 

1960 Paralympics

 

men only as women did not play wheelchair basketball in the Paralympics till 1968

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete lesion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

COACH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gold

1

USAUnited States of America

3

0

68

32

Charlie Ryder

 

silver

2

GBR

1

1

34

24

 

 

bronze

3

ISR

2

1

48

29

 

 

 

4

NED

0

2

12

38

 

 

 

5

AUT

0

2

15

54

Will Schedelmyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

177

177

 

 

 

 

suggested scores (no games sheets provided)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sept 19

 

USA

32

AUT

10

 

 

 

 

 

ISR

22

AUT

5

 

 

 

sept 20

 

USA

18

ISR

8

 

 

 

 

 

GBR

20

NED

6

 

 

 

sept 21

 

USA

18

GBR

14

GOLD/SILVER

 

 

 

 

ISR

18

NED

6

BRONZE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial brackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

 

 

 

 

USA

2

0

50

18

 

 

 

 

ISR

1

1

30

23

 

 

 

 

AUT

0

2

15

54

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

 

 

 

 

GBR

1

0

20

6

 

 

 

 

NED

0

1

6

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

top teams played for gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd place teams played for bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incomplete lesion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

final standings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

COACH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

USAUnited States of America

4

0

101

34

Kenneth Clarke

 

 

2

NED

4

1

103

68

 

 

 

3

GBR

2

2

53

60

 

 

 

4

ITA

3

1

62

40

 

 

 

5

AUS

2

2

60

49

 

 

 

6

SUI

2

3

55

84

 

 

 

7

FRA

4

2

118

73

 

 

 

8

MLT

1

5

57

117

 

 

 

9

BEL

1

4

42

116

Raymond Briot

 

 

10

ARG

1

4

58

68

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested scores (no games sheets provided)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sept 19

 

USA

37

BEL

6

 

 

 

 

 

ITA

9

ARG

8

 

 

 

 

 

SUI

17

MLT

5

 

 

 

 

 

NED

21

FRA

18

 

 

 

 

 

AUS

26

BEL

0

 

 

 

sept 20

 

USA

23

AUS

7

 

 

 

 

 

FRA

23

MLT

4

 

 

 

 

 

SUI

16

FRA

15

 

 

 

 

 

NED

29

MLT

8

 

 

 

 

 

NED

28

SUI

9

 

 

 

 

 

GBR

15

ITA

14

 

 

 

 

 

GBR

14

ARG

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top team in each of the brackets advanced to a 3 game round robin for Gold/Silver/Bronze

 

 

 

 

 

 

sept 21/22

 

USA

20

GBR

12

 

 

 

 

 

NED

16

GBR

12

 

 

 

 

 

USA

21

NED

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second place in each bracket advanced to a 3 game round robin for 4th,5th and 6th place

 

 

 

 

 

 

sept 21/22

 

ITA

22

SUI

4

 

 

 

 

 

ITA

17

AUS

13

 

 

 

 

 

AUS

14

SUI

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third and fourth place teams in each bracket played for 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place

 

 

 

 

 

 

sept 21/22

 

MLT

14

BEL

8

 

 

 

 

 

FRA

14

ARG

9

 

 

 

 

 

FRA

22

BEL

9

 

 

 

 

 

FRA

26

MLT

14

 

 

 

 

 

ARG

14

MLT

12

 

 

 

 

 

BEL

19

ARG

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initial brackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

 

 

 

1

NED

3

0

78

35

 

 

 

2

SUI

2

1

42

48

 

 

 

3

FRA

1

2

56

41

 

 

 

4

MAL

0

3

17

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

 

 

 

1

GBR

2

0

29

24

 

 

 

2

ITA

1

1

23

23

 

 

 

3

ARG

0

2

18

23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WON

LOST

PTS FOR

PTS AGT

 

 

 

1

USA

2

0

60

13

 

 

 

2

AUS

1

1

33

23

 

 

 

3

BEL

0

2

6

63

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Complete Paralympics

With the groundbreaking decision to hold the 1960 Games in the Olympic city of Rome, Sir Ludwig Guttmannís vision of an international games the equivalent of the Olympics was realized. In 1958, Guttmann and Professor Antonia Maglio, Director of the Spinal Center at the Italian institute INAIL, had started preparations to stage the International Stoke Mandeville Games in Rome. The 1960 Games were officially recognized as the 9th Annual International Stoke Mandeville Games. The term "Paralympic Games" was only approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) later in 1984.

The first Games saw some teething problems. The athletes village was not completely wheelchair-accessible. Athletes had to be carried up and down stairs. Military personnel stepped in to assist. While most of the competitions were held in the village area, Athletics and Basketball were held some distance from the village. Innovative transport arrangements had to be made.

The Games were held from 19 to 24 September under the auspices of the INAIL and the Italian Olympic Committee, six days after the Closing Ceremony of the XVII Olympic Summer Games. The Opening Ceremony on 18 September saw a crowd of 5,000 spectators greeting the colorful entry of the wheelchair athletes at the Acqua Acetosa stadium. Camillo Giardina, the Italian Minister for Public Health, declared the Games open. It was the largest international games to date with 400 athletes from 23 countries, the largest delegation coming from Italy.

The competitive programme included eight sport events considered beneficial and suitable for athletes with spinal cord injuries: Snooker, Fencing (foil or sabre), Javelin and Precision Javelin, Shot Put, Indian Club Throwing (throwing a baton), menís Basketball and Swimming (Freestyle, Breaststroke and Backstroke). Other events were: Table Tennis (singles and doubles), Archery, Dart Archery and the Pentathlon (Archery, Swimming, Javelin, Shot Put and Club Throwing).

Among the many outstanding individual performances were those by Franco Rossi of Italy in Fencing, Dick Thompson of Great Britain in Athletics, and Ron Stein of the USA in the Pentathlon and Athletics. In Basketball, the Americans shone and took the gold, beating Israel and Holland. Fencing was dominated by the Italian team, which won all nine medals in the foil and sabre events. Medals were presented in 57 events. Italy won the most medals, with Great Britain and the USA close behind.

The Closing Ceremony on 25 September was held in the Palazetto dello Sport in the Olympic village in the presence of the Patron of the Games, Donna Carla Gronchi, and Sir Guttmann. Guttmann summed up the Games thus, "The vast majority of competitors and escorts have fully understood the meaning of the Rome Games as a new pattern of re-integration of the paralyzed into society, as well as the world of sport."

1960 Rome (Italy) MEDAL Totals

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 29 7 7 43
2 Great Britain 19 16 18 53
3 France 15 1 3 19
4 Australia 11 4 1 16
5 Rhodesia 10 1 2 13
6 Belgium 8 1 0 9
7 Ireland 4 0 0 4
8 German Federal Republic 3 6 9 18
9 Italy 2 29 25 56
10 Netherlands 2 6 0 8
11 Switzerland 2 4 0 6
12 Austria 2 9 10 21
13 Malta 2 4 3 9
14 Israel 1 2 2 5
15 Norway 1 4 4 9
16 Finland 1 0 0 1
17 Argentina 0 3 2 5

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