At the Atlanta 1996 Games, 790 female athletes took part, followed by 990 at Sydney 2000, 1,165 at Athens 2004 and 1,383 at Beijing 2008.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: ‘The Paralympic Movement has made great strides in recent years in regards to the inclusion of female athletes. This has allowed for greater gender equity and a fair chance for anyone to compete in Paralympic sport at the most elite level.’
A record 4,200 athletes from 166 countries will compete at London 2012 Paralympic Games. So far more than 2.1 million tickets have been sold, and a further 400,000 are expected to go on sale before the Games start.
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