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Breaking down barriers - Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

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Published on Jun 17, 2014

The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games took place from 7-16 March 2014
The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games were record-breaking in terms of
athlete performances, ticket sales and media coverage, and according to
Russia's Deputy Prime Minster Dmitry Kozak, "they showed what people
from different countries and nationalities different cultures and
traditions are capable of when they are united by a single goal and an
inspired dream." Sochi 2014 was record-breaking in terms of ticket
sales and media coverage for a Paralympic Winter Games, with 316,200
tickets sold, which was 86,200 more than Vancouver 2010. The Games were
broadcast to more than 55 countries and territories, with broadcasters
showing more hours of coverage than previous editions of the Games. By
hosting the Paralympics for the first time ever, the Games became a
catalyst for the country to create a barrier-free society. The top
priority for Sochi 2014 was the creation of a barrier-free environment
in the host city ensuring that everything being constructed for the
Games -- transport, roads, sporting and public facilities -- will be
accessible, and act as a blueprint for the rest of Russia for future
years. Russian government approved a new barrier free law and is taking
unprecedented steps to improve the lives of people with an impairment
in the country. More than 20 states are now involved in barrier free
projects. To mark 1,000 days to go until the start of the Games the
Organising Committee launched an innovative "Accessibility Map" with
the main objective being to help people with an impairment in Russia
find easily accessible locations where they can engage in Paralympic
sports. The map provided information about the elements that help
create barrier-free environments in local areas such as ramps, hand
rails and non-slip surfaces. On hand to celebrate the landmark date
were Ray of Light and Snowflake, the two mascots of the Sochi 2014
Paralympic Winter Games.

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