|Governing Body:||World Para Powerlifting|
Para Powerlifting is a Paralympic sport which is an adaptation of powerlifting for athletes with a range of disabilities. Para-powerlifting includes just one discipline- the bench press. It is a sport which tests the upper body strength of the athletes in which athletes can lift more than three times their own body weight. In 1964, weightlifting was included in the Paralympics for only those male athletes who have spinal cord injuries. In the following years, the sport began to include athletes with other disability groups and used rules similar to Powerlifting competitions after which it was decided that the Paralympics should only feature Powerlifting. After this, the sport made its debut at the Summer Paralympics in 1988 for men and in 2000 for women.
In 1964, Weightlifting made its debut at the Tokyo Paralympic Games and highlighted only men with spinal injuries. Over the next years, the game and started to incorporate other handicap categories and adopting rules like those of Powerlifting rivalries for capable competitors.
In 1992 it was chosen that the Paralympics should feature powerlifting instead of weightlifting. The subsequent Barcelona Games saw competitors from 25 nations vie for grabbing medals.
By the Atlanta Games held in 1996, this number had expanded to 58, and by 2000, the year ladies previously contended in Paralympic Powerlifting, the game was drilled on every one of the five continents.
In 2016, IPC Powerlifting was renamed to World Para Powerlifting.
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