Three Portuguese Paralympic and Olympic champions visit the Olympic Museum
Three Portuguese Paralympic and Olympic champions recently visited the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. They were particularly moved by the area devoted to Paralympic sport and the Official Film of the XI Paralympic Games in Sydney.
Three champions in three different disciplines
The three champions visiting Lausanne, where they also met IOC President Jacques Rogge, were:
- Rosa Mota, bronze medallist in the marathon at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and Olympic champion in the same discipline four years later in Seoul.
- Carlos Lopes, a blind athlete and Olympic champion in the 400m and 4x 400m relay at the XX Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000, who is also President of the Portuguese Disabled Athletes Association;
- Leila Marques, born with only one arm. She took part in the Sydney Paralympic Games where she came 6th in the 100m breast stroke and 15th in the 100m back stroke.
Portuguese Paralympic Committee
The group was led by Antonio Neves, President of the Portuguese Sports Federation for the Disabled. Today recognised by the Portuguese government, the Federation is now going by the name of Portuguese Paralympic Committee.