Previously, I have discussed (here) the best performing nations at the Paralympic games relative to their Olympic counterparts. In this post, I look at the worst performing nations at the Paralympic games relative to the nation’s Olympic athletes to provide possible explanations for the drop in performance levels individuals with disabilities relative to others. As previously discussed, comparing Olympic and Paralympic performances is not so straight forward given that there are many more medals distributed in the Paralympics compared to the Olympics. In Rio 2016, 974 Olympic medals were awarded while 1597 medals were distributed in the Paralympics. Thus, when comparing the performances of countries it makes sense to consider the share of total medals the country won rather than absolute values.
The Table below reports the worst performing countries measured by the percentage of medals obtained by countries in the Paralympics relative to the Olympics.
Japan were the second worst performing nation relative to their Olympic athletes, finishing 59th overall, their worst ever performance. The performance has prompted Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) President Mitsunori Torihara to insist the country must analyse their performance to decide which sports to concentrate on when the country hosts the Paralympic Games in 2020. Furthermore, the JPC plans to roll out educational programmes for the public to raise awareness of the sport. These measures in addition to extra funding available as a result of hosting the event in 2020 should give the country a good opportunity to improved their Paralympic performance.