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Sport : Fencing

2 fencers en guarde. Sketch by unknown artist. Win or lose wheelchair fencers in Athens are getting the
electric chair...a look at the rules of this ancient sport.
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Athlete Profile

Athlete : Jayant Mistry
Event : Wheelchair Tennis

Great Britain's Nº1 and World's Top 10 wheelchair tennis player. 37 years old, full time athlete. Why Jayant is a serious medal contender

Jayant Mistry GB Tennis Player Head Shot
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Football - 5 A Side

Played by blind and partially sighted athletes. 2 teams of 5 including a goalkeeper (who can be sighted), play 2 halves of 25 minutes each way on a fenced off 5-a-side pitch (38m to 42m long by 18m to 22m wide), the goal is 3m wide x 2m high. The outfield players, but not the goalkeeper, are blindfolded to ensure equality of vision.

The ball contains a bell and there is no off-side rule. More details about allowed subs and fouls see rules and classification system. A knockout format is played, so in the semi-finals / final in the event of a draw there will be extra time of 10mins each way; followed, if still a draw, by a penalty shoot-out.

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Football - 7 A Side

Competed amongst ambulant athletes with cerebral palsy using a classification system. 2 teams of 7 compete in 2 halves of 30 minutes, followed in the event of a draw by 10 minutes each way where a 'golden goal' decides the game. If after extra time the game is still drawn then a penalty shoot-out decides the outcome.

No offside rule is applied, keeper has a 4 step rule, one-handed thrown-ins are permitted and the pitch 75m long by 55m wide, otherwise the fundamental rules of the game are as per FIFA.

Russia won this event in Sydney and will be hoping to repeat that feat.


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