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"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."

Innocent Egbunike's prayer at the 1988 Olympics

Goalball

Goalball was originally developed in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans. Players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded on the playing court, which allows persons with varying degrees of vision to participate together.

It is played on an indoor court that is 18m long and 9m wide. The court has tactile markings (string that is taped to the floor), which helps players determine where they are. The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team.

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