The European Transplant and Dialysis Games were held in Oxford for the first time

A MULTI-SPORTS competition among organ recipients and kidney dialysis patients will be held in Oxford for the first time this month.

The European Transplant and Dialysis Games will take place over a week and will host competitions between recipients and patients from over 25 countries across Europe.

The event is similar to the Paralympic Games or Invictus Games and organizers expect over 400 competitors to attend this year.

This will be the first time the UK has hosted the event since its inception, and it represents an opportunity to promote the benefits of organ donation and the life-saving impact of organ transplantation.

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The games kick off on Sunday August 21 with a parade through the city before the opening ceremony at the Sheldonian Theatre.

Organizers have planned a celebration of the transplant “with an Oxford twist”, complete with a new song, a commissioned dance routine, a twist of Shakespeare and music to accompany the opening.

Most competitions will take place at Radley College, with other events taking place at Blenheim Palace, near Woodstock, including a cycling challenge and a 5km ‘mini marathon’.

Charity Transplant Sport, which organized the event, was founded in 1978 by Maurice Slapak CBE, a consultant surgeon, who brought together his patients and other transplant recipients to organize the first Transplant Games in Portsmouth.

The charity encourages all transplant recipients to be active and healthy while promoting organ donation through different events.

This story was written by Anna Colivicchi, she joined the team this year and covers health stories for Oxfordshire newspapers.

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