Following the establishment of the International Paralympic Committee in late 1989, the new organisation took over the responsibility of co-ordinating Paralympic Games with the host organising committees from the number of organisations that previously did this work (this included the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation and other such bodies).

Throughout the decade, the Paralympic Games were twinned with their Olympic counterparts and the host city continued to be the same: Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996.

1992 Barcelona Summer Paralympics

The previous games at Seoul in 1988 had been seen as a major step forward for the Paralympics in terms of profile, audiences, seriousness and spectacle. Yet the 1992 games at Barcelona managed to take this process a stage further. 3,001 athletes from 83 countries, competing in 431 events in 16 sports.  The GB team of 156 men and 52 women won a total of 40 Gold, 47 Silver and 41 Bronze medals.

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1992 Tignes-Albertville Winter Paralympics

365 athletes from 24 countries, competing in 3 sports.  The GB team of 14 men and 1 women won a total of 2 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.

1994 Lillehammer Winter Paralympics

469 athletes from 31 countries, competing in 5 sports.  The GB team of 23 men won 5 Bronze medals.

1996 Atlanta Summer Paralympics

The 1996 games were the first to attract worldwide corporate sponsorship. 3,255 athletes from 104 countries, competing in 508 events in 19 sports.  The GB team of 165 men and 83 women won a total of 39 Gold, 42 Silver and 41 Bronze medals.

Related content:  Ernie Guild talks about his participation at Barcelona, Atlanta and Seoul

1998 Nagano Winter Paralympics

562 athletes from 31 countries, competing in 5 sports.  The GB team of 20 men and 1 woman won no medals.

Memories from the 1990s

Rainer Kuschall switching from playing table tennis to wheelchair racing.

Ian Rose talks about blind Judo.

Peter Norfolk talks about wheelchair tennis.

Simon Jackson and how he got into Judo.