List of Paralympic Games host cities

The opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Paralympics in the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece

Since the Paralympic Games began in 1960, there have been 15 Summer Paralympic Games held in 13 separate cities and 11 Winter Paralympic Games held in 10 separate cities. Three cities have been chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to host the upcoming Paralympics PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Paralympics, Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Paralympics and Beijing for the 2022 Winter Paralympics.

Three cities have hosted or are scheduled to host a Paralympic Games more than once; Innsbruck inedit 1984 and 1988, Beijing in 2008 (summer games) and 2022 (winter games), and Tokyo in 1964 and 2020.

The United States has hosted a total of three games (one was held in both the USA and the UK): more than any other country. Austria, Norway, Italy, United Kingdom and Canada have each hosted two games. Japan will host its third games in 2020.

The games have primarily been hosted on the continent of Europe (14 games). Four games have been hosted in Asia and five in North America, and one game has been hosted in the region of Oceania. (The 1984 Summer Paralympics were held in both the USA and the UK). Rio de Janeiro's winning bid for 2016 will be the third Americas host. No Paralympic Games have been hosted in the continents of Africa and Antarctica.

Host cities are selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Currently, they are selected seven years in advance.[1] The selection process takes two years. In the first stage of the selection process, any city in the world may submit an application to become a host city. After ten months, the Executive Board of the IOC decides which of these applicant cities will become candidate cities based on the recommendation of a working group that reviews the applications. In the second stage, the candidate cities are investigated thoroughly by an Evaluation Commission, which then submits a final short list of cities to be considered for selection. The host city is then chosen by vote of the IOC Session, a general meeting of IOC members.[2]

Paralympic host cities

City Country Continent Flag Paralympiad No. Season Year From To Ref
RomeItalyEuropeItalyISummer196018 September25 September
TokyoJapanAsiaJapanIISummer19643 November12 November
Tel AvivIsraelEurope[a]IsraelIIISummer19684 November13 November
HeidelbergWest GermanyEuropeWest GermanyIVSummer19722 August11 August
ÖrnsköldsvikSwedenEuropeSwedenIWinter197621 February28 February
TorontoCanadaAmericasCanadaVSummer19763 August11 August
GeiloNorwayEuropeNorwayIIWinter19801 February7 February
ArnhemNetherlandsEuropeNetherlandsVISummer198021 June30 June
InnsbruckAustriaEuropeAustriaIIIWinter198414 January20 January
New York
Stoke Mandeville
United States
United Kingdom
United States
United Kingdom
VIISummer198417 June
22 July
30 June
1 August
SeoulSouth KoreaAsiaSouth KoreaVIIISummer198815 October24 October
FranceEuropeFranceVWinter199225 March1 April
SpainEuropeSpainIXSummer19923 September14 September
LillehammerNorwayEuropeNorwayVIWinter199410 March19 March
AtlantaUnited StatesAmericasUnited StatesXSummer199616 August25 August
NaganoJapanAsiaJapanVIIWinter19985 March14 March
SydneyAustraliaOceaniaAustraliaXISummer200018 October29 October
Salt Lake CityUnited StatesAmericasUnited StatesVIIIWinter20027 March16 March
AthensGreeceEuropeGreeceXIISummer200417 September28 September
TurinItalyEuropeItalyIXWinter200610 March19 March
Beijing[b]ChinaAsiaChinaXIIISummer20086 September17 September
VancouverCanadaAmericasCanadaXWinter201012 March21 March
LondonUnited KingdomEuropeUnited KingdomXIVSummer201229 August9 September
SochiRussiaEuropeRussiaXIWinter20147 March16 March
Rio de JaneiroBrazilAmericasBrazil XVSummer20167 September18 September
PyeongchangKorea RepublicAsiaSouth KoreaXIIWinter20189 March18 March
TokyoJapanAsiaJapanXVISummer202025 August6 September
BeijingChinaAsiaChinaXIIIWinter20224 March13 March


Host cities for multiple Paralympic Games

RankCityCountryContinentSummer Paralympics hostedWinter Paralympics hostedTotal Paralympics hosted
1BeijingChina ChinaAsia1 (2008)1 (2022)2
1InnsbruckAustria AustriaEurope02 (1984, 1988)2
1TokyoJapan JapanAsia2 (1964, 2020)02

Total Paralympic Games by country

RankCountryContinentSummer Paralympics hostedWinter Paralympics hostedTotal Paralympics hosted
1United States United StatesAmericas2 (1984, 1996)1 (2002)3
2Japan JapanAsia2 (1964, 2020)1 (1998)3
2Austria AustriaEurope02 (1984, 1988)2
2Norway NorwayEurope02 (1980, 1994)2
2Canada CanadaAmericas1 (1976)1 (2010)2
2South Korea South KoreaAsia1 (1988)1 (2018)2
2Italy ItalyEurope1 (1960)1 (2006)2
2China ChinaAsia1 (2008)1 (2022)2
2United Kingdom United KingdomEurope2 (1984, 2012)02
8Israel IsraelEurope[a]1 (1968)01
8West Germany West GermanyEurope1 (1972)01
8Netherlands NetherlandsEurope1 (1980)01
8Spain SpainEurope1 (1992)01
8Australia AustraliaOceania1 (2000)01
8Greece GreeceEurope1 (2004)01
8Brazil BrazilAmericas1 (2016)01
8Sweden SwedenEurope01 (1976)1
8France FranceEurope01 (1992)1
8Russia RussiaEurope01 (2014)1


  • a Although Tel Aviv is located in Asia, Israel is member of European Region of IPC.
  • b Equestrian events were held in China's Hong Kong SAR.[3] Although Hong Kong's separate NPC conducted the equestrian competition, it was an integral part of the Beijing Games; it is not conducted under a separate bid, flame, etc. The IPC website lists only Beijing as the host city.[4]


  1. Group, Taylor Francis (2003). The Europa World Yearbook. Taylor and Francis Group. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-85743-227-5.
  2. "Choice of the Host City". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  3. Tim Pile (25 June 2008). "Hong Kong saddles up for the Olympics". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  4. "2008 Beijing Olympic home page". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 May 2008.

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