1975, Oita


The Far Eastern and South Pacific (FESPIC) International Games and Championships were started by Dr Yutaka Nakamura, dean of the Orthopaedic Department at the Beppu National Hospital in Japan, who studied in England with Dr Ludwig Guttmann. Among the founding members of FESPIC were Australians Dr. John Grant and Mr. Graham Pryke. The FESPIC Federation constitution urged that one-third of each nation’s participants be novices in order to encourage greater participation.

The first games were held in Oita City and Beppu City, Japan, the home base of Dr Yutaka Nakamura, from 1-3 June 1975.

973 athletes and officials from 18 countries attended the Games.