The headline will confuse you but when Malmö Open – The European Parasport Games started last Thursday it was a snowy Malmö that greeted our guests and participants. The City of Malmö have not seen snow in a while but the tournament have a tradition of tough weather in the tricky month of February. The 41st edition of the Malmö Games lived up to the expectations with a lot of snow and a cold biting wind. The weather could'nt reach us indoor where 2000 competitors from 26 nations generated heat, entertainment, joy and a lot of fantastic sports.
The organizer FIFH Malmö runs a EU funded program with twelve partcipating clubs and they all met up at the games for the first time. After the presentation of all participants the ESSSE project offered different work shops led by the energetic Lena Andersson. It was a fantastic start and together, these clubs will among many goals create a Youth Games that will be held in Malmö in the month of September.
The event started with the third edition of the ”International Sport Conference” at Baltiska Hallen in Malmö. The organizer offered almost 300 guests a very interesting program with exciting lecturers. Subjects like Future Forms of Organization, Inside Rio, and Accessibilty gave the audience useful information and sharp debates. The conference also gave us two inspiring lectures by Maria Lindberg and Mikael Andersson. The main attraction of the conference was the world star swimmer Sarah Sjöström.
Malmö Open – The European Parasport games contained 16 sports and many paralympian super stars. The wheelchair basketball tournament was won by the hosts FIFH Malmö who defeated Gothenburg in a thrilling final. The current champions in sled hockey lost their title to Zlin from the Czech Republic who won a close up game, two to one. We saw several broken world records at Hylliebadet, Maja Reichard and Mikael Fredriksson gave the audience proof of fantastic form. The swimming tournament also greeted swimmers from Brazil for the first time. At the goalball arena Sporting from Portugal won the hard fought gold medals. The bomb was most probably when Peter Rosenmeier lost the title to Michael Azulay in the table tennis arena.
The results from the tournament keep coming in to the main office and it will be published on the official website as soon as it's possible.
The new logo with the Öresund Bridge symbolizes what the games is all about, building bridges between people and countries. Malmö Open is a great meeting point for sport people and para athletes. The new partnership with Parasport Sverige is really promising and will help the games to develop and to move forward.
A big thank you to all our visitors, you are Malmö Open - The European Parasport Games. A special eloge goes to our amazing volounteers, the city of Malmö and our partners. We could'nt have done it without you.
Now we will raise the bar. The work with the Malmö Open Games 2018 has already begun. Welcome back in the month of February next year.
Thomas Jönsson, Sport director
FIFH / Malmö Open