TWENTY YEARS OF DECATHLON IMF. ANNIVERSERY OF LII DECATHLON IMF IN CRACOW

Between 10 – 14 July 2012 Decathlon IMFwill take place on the twentieth anniversary of the first event LII Decathlon IMF.

Cracow is the oldest Polish participant of Decathlon IMF. He joined the “group” and in 1994 year the first time was organizers of XI.Hexathlon. Cracow are organized it four times more, in 1995 (XVII), 1996 (XXI), 1997 (XXVII) and 2004 (XLIV). In 2000 the events took place twice; in Bystré Czech Republic,and Ślesin, Poland. CRACOW team won in this year the European Championship in Hexathlonie IMF. Cracow is a team of Social Welfare Association “Gaudium et Spes”. Promoter of this event in Cracow from the outset is President of the Association, Mr Tadeusz Skiba.

On September 4, 1992 in Lanzendorf in Austria, hosted the first competition of this sport in particular, without disqualification, elimination and repeated unsuccessful attempts to their proper completion. Then she wore a name yet Hexathlon IMF. For a long time there were competitions for the disabled, but over time has been given the integrative character.

In the beginning, only three teams competed, two of Austria (Lanzendorf and Retz) and one of the Polish (Szczecin). Then join other teams from Hungary and Poland. By 1996 there were six groups and events were held six times a year and each team has hosted the event. When later have joined three new groups; from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany, decided to play only three games of the year. Final was more than thirty participating teams of Decathlon and the new countries Croatia, Romania and Ukraine.

In 1999 has begun the first Relay Run IMF of disabled people in Europe and we have reduced the number of events to two and since 2005, Decathlon IMF is played only once in the year.

At the same time an increased number of disciplines to ten and from Hexathlon were Decathlon. It includes six competitions of athletics (running 50 and 200 m), jumps high and long, shot put, and throw the ball. Other competitions are the elements of football, (shots on goal) and basketball (throw into the basket). The other two disciplines are boccia and golf.

The Decathlon and Relay Run there are of George Chrabecki´s an idea which has worked for over 23 years with people with disabilities to know their interests, needs and reactions.

Next Decathlons IMF are planned in Croatia (Pula) 2013 and in Austria (Vienna) 2014.