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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

The 2016 Paralympics Games

History The history of the Paralympics dates back to 1948 when the first organized athletic day for the disabled candidates coinciding with the Olympic Games took place on the opening day of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. The second event was again held in London on 1952. This event witnessed the inclusion of Dutch veterans who played alongside their British counterparts making it the first global event. Until 1960, the games were open only to war veterans but that year other athletes also took part. The first official Paralympics was held in Rome in 1960. Since then, the Paralympics is held the same year as the Olympic Games.

2016 Paralympics
The 2016 Paralympics would be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7 to 18, 2016. The event will witness 4,350 athletes from 176 countries taking part in the event. This is the first time the event will be held in South America. During the event, 23 sports would be contested and 528 medals would be awarded to the winners – 264 in the men’s, 226 in the women’s and 38 in the mixed category.

Major Events
This year, the event will witness the inclusion of two new sports – triathlon and canoeing. Some of the sports to watch out for include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, power-lifting, judo, cycling, athletics and many other exciting events. The tournament would be held in 21 competition venues, which would be spread across four regions of the city – Maracanã, Deodoro, Copacabana, and Barra.

A gala event is expected to host around 1,600 artists and players who will enthrall the crowd with their spectacular performances at the sporting venues.

For the torch relay, one city will be selected in each of the five regions of Brazil. These cities include – Brasilia in the Center West, Natal in the North East, Belem in the North, Joinville in the South, and Sao Paulo in the Southeast.

Paralympics Mascot
The mascot of the Paralympic, which was unveiled on November 24, 2014, is Tom. Determined by a public vote, the mascot is named after Tom Jobim, a renowned Brazilian musician.

Paralympics Logo
The symbol or the logo of the Paralympic Games comprise three asymmetrical crescent in red, blue, and green. These crescents encircle a single point to emphasize the role that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in bringing athletes from all across world “and enabling them to compete.”

Paralympics Tickets
A whopping 3.3 million tickets are available for the Paralympics. Some 94 per cent of these would be sold for R$70 or less. The entry cost will be between R$10 to R$130. The cost for the opening and closing ceremonies will range between R$100 to R$1200.

Last updated on : March 14, 2016