Good article on the challenges athletes face from less developed nations:
Paralympics tries to shake off image as Games for rich countries
…One of the crueller paradoxes is that the nations that can least support Paralympic sport are often the ones with the bigger potential pool of athletes, due to factors such as a higher incidence of disease, unsafe roads and the consequences of wars or civil conflict.
It is notable how some less developed nations’ success in Paralympic events has come directly from war.
Sitting volleyball is enormously popular in Iran – the country has won five out of six gold medals since 1988 – and has long been popular with injured veterans from the country’s brutal conflict with Iraq. Iran’s main rivals, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who won the 2004 title, are captained by Sabahudin Delalic, who lost a leg in 1992 in the Balkan conflict.
The IPC is working with individual Paralympic committees in developing nations to try to make them financially self-supporting, with the hope that over the years they will produce more elite athletes…