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Cycling at the Manchester Velodrome, during the 2009 World Cup.

The Paralympic World Cup is an annual international multi-sport event for elite athletes with a disability,[1] that has been hosted in Manchester, England, since 2005.[2] It is organized by the British Paralympic Association (BPA) in coordination with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).


British sprinter John McFall, after taking the gold in the men's 200 metres T42 (single amputation above the knee) at the 2007 World Cup.

Since 2010, athletes are divided into four teams: Great Britain, Europe, Americas and one team with the rest of the world. Athletes' individual performances also count towards a team score, and the winning team get the BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.[3]

Prior to 2011, the event was broadcast by the BBC with international highlights available.[4] Prior to 2011, the credit card company Visa was the title sponsor for the event.

In 2011, the event's title sponsor was BT (British Telecommumications plc).[5] For 2011, Channel 4 is the host broadcaster.[3]



Ottobock is a company that works in orthopedic technology.[6] They work to make, fix, and regulate prosthetics, orthotics, wheelchairs, and exoskeletons.[7] In 2012, the company became "The Official Technical Service Provider" of the games. They have provided help to Paralympic athletes since 1988 and technical service at this World Cup since 2007. In 2012, the company was chosen as the Official Technical Service provider of the tournament.[6] They provided a team of orthotists, prosthetists, and technicians of these devices and aided in providing equipment repair and maintenance throughout the games.[6]



Games Date Nations Athletes Sports Notes
2005 Visa Paralympic World Cup 12–15 May ca 40 ca 350 4 [8]
2006 Visa Paralympic World Cup 1–7 May 40 360 4 [9]
2007 Visa Paralympic World Cup 7–13 May 47 ca 350 4 [10]
2008 Paralympic World Cup 45 ca 400 4 [11][12]
2009 BT Paralympic World Cup 40 over 400 4 [13]
2010 BT Paralympic World Cup 25–31 May 28 303 4
2011 BT Paralympic World Cup 23–28 May over 30 over 300 3 [14]
2012 BT Paralympic World Cup

See also


  1. ^ (official website); retrieved 2010-07-21.
  2. ^ James, Mark; Osborn, Guy (2011). "London 2012 and the Impact of the UK's Olympic and Paralympic Legislation: Protecting Commerce or Preserving Culture?" (PDF). The Modern Law Review. 74 (3): 410–429. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2230.2011.00853.x. JSTOR 20869077. S2CID 143149022.
  3. ^ a b About the BT Paralympic World Cup, Official site of the BT Paralympic World Cup
  4. ^ "About the Paralympic World Cup".
  5. ^ Paralympic World Cup website (; retrieved 2010-07-21.
  6. ^ a b c "Ottobock joins forces with BT Paralympic World Cup". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
  7. ^ "Services". Retrieved 2022-10-26.
  8. ^ Paralympics World Cup: Kindred's spirit,, May 10, 2005
  9. ^ Bigger, Better Visa Paralympic World Cup in 2006,, May 3, 2006
  10. ^ World Cup lowdown, BBC News, April 30, 2007
  11. ^ British winners excel at Paralympic World Cup, The Telegraph, May 11, 2008
  12. ^ BT to sponsor Paralympic World Cup Archived 2011-05-11 at the Wayback Machine,, January 15, 2009
  13. ^ Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup, The Telegraph, May 19, 2009
  14. ^ Paralympic World Cup to stage London 2012 medal events, The Telegraph, February 21, 2011