Merrylands Oval has been selected as the site for the 1972 Australian Paraplegic Games.

The Paraplegic Association made its decision last week and final negotiations between Holroyd Council, the association and the sponsoring Wentworthville Lions Club are now under way.

The Wentworthville Lions Club secretary, Mr. Joe Adams said the location for the games had been in doubt for some time but had now been settled for Merrylands.

"It is a great thing for the area."

The move to conduct the games arose from the Wentworthville Lions Club's recent Australian boxing title fight.

The club raised $1000 for the Paraplegic Association.

The date for the games is not definite yet but Mr Adams is hoping for an early start.

"The games can be held from February 13 to 21 or March 22 to April 2.

"But I am hoping that the February date can be arranged.

"At that stage of the year, the competitors will not be troubled by cold weather."

Facilities in the area are first class.

The swimming centre, oval and RSL Youth Centre are in the one complex and the competitors can be centred at the one point.

All track and field and archery events will be held on the oval.

Swimming events will be conducted at the pool while basketball, snooker and table tennis will be played at the RSL Youth Centre.

Accommodation for the competitors was an early problem but this has now been rectified.