2006 IPC Athletics World Championships

4th IPC Athletics World Championships
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Host city Assen
Country  Netherlands
Nations participating 76
Athletes participating 1097
Dates 2–9 September
Main venue Sports Park Stadsbroek
←  2002 Lille

The 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships was held in Assen, Netherlands from 2–9 September 2006. It was the fourth edition of the international athletics competition for athletes with a disability organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The main venue for the competition was Sports Park Stadsbroek, with the marathon events taking place in the surrounding area. The opening and closing ceremonies took place at De Smelt Stadium. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was present for the opening of the championships. A total of 76 nations and 1097 athletes took part in the events.[1][2][3]

Over the course of the nine-day competition 51 IPC world records were broken. Among these were sprint records by visually impaired runner Jason Smyth and amputee sportsman Oscar Pistorius.[4] China was the top performing nation, with 22 gold medals among its haul of 55 medals.[5] The United States and Australia were the next best nations, with each securing 16 golds and 32 medals in total. Among the participating nations, 58 reached the medal table.[6]

The IPC launched its own internet streaming service at paralympicsport.tv, which broadcast live events from the competition.[7][8] The local organising committee was headed by the Euro Champ Foundation, a civil society group promoting disability sports.[9]

References

  1. ^ Assen gets set. BBC Sport (2006-08-30). Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  2. ^ History. Paralympic. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  3. ^ HRH Princess Margriet to Open IPC Athletics Worlds Assen 2006. Chinese Olympic Committee. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  4. ^ IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 Records set by event. Team Thomas. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  5. ^ China tops IPC Athletics World Champs. China Daily (2006-09-14). Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  6. ^ Issue 4 2006. The Paralympian. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  7. ^ PC Athletics World Championship Assen, The Netherlands, 2006 Archived 2016-05-07 at the Wayback Machine. FIMITIC. Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  8. ^ Webcast of the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships. Audacity Magazine (2006-09-06). Retrieved on 2016-04-17.
  9. ^ Media Accreditation, Broadcasting and Photography at 2006 IPC. SportCal (2006-08-10). Retrieved on 2016-04-17.

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