Paralympic Games

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The event

7-18 September 2016
4,350 athletes from 176 countries will compete in the first Paralympic Games in South America
During 12 days
There will be 528 Medal events
- 264 men’s
- 226 women’s
- 38 mixed

23 sports will be contested
Archery Athletics Boccia Equestrian Football 5-a-side Football 7-a-side Goalball Judo Paracanoe Para-cycling road Para-cycling track Paratriathlon Powerlifting Rowing Sailing Shooting Sitting Volleyball Swimming Table tennis Wheelchair Basketball Wheelchair Fencing Wheelchair Rugby Wheelchair Tennis
Including two new additions:
Paracanoagem: Lagoa Stadium Paratriatlo: Fort
Copacabana
21 competition venues will be spread across four regions of the city:
Deodoro
Barra
Maracanã
Copacabana
Of the 21 competition venues:
15 Permanent
9 Existing
6 New
5 temporary
Only 30% of the venues are being constructed
Why is this? Because of the legacy left by other major sporting events:
  • Rio 2007
    Pan American Games
  • Rio 2007 Parapan
    American Games
  • 2011 World
    Military Games
  • 2014 FIFA
    World Cup
To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, between August 2015 and May 2016, 12 test events will be staged

Want to be there?

There will be 1.8 million tickets
Sales will start in the first half of 2015. Stay tuned!
Did you know?
To organise the Paralympic Games, we’ll need to supply...
4,000blindfolds for
goalball
417footballs
2,000archery targets
6,720tennis balls
6,480table tennis balls
3.5million meals
10,000beds

Workforce

And to do all this, the organising committee will need:
volunteers
outsourced staff
employees

It all started in...

Stoke Mandeville, England
1945
Sport used in rehabilitation of soldiers injured in World War II
Initiated by German doctor Ludwig Guttmann
1948
First competition for athletes with an impairment
It was so successful that...
Rome, Italy
1960
First official edition of the Paralympic Games.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016
Courage, determination, inspiration and equality are the Paralympic values
‘Spirit in Motion’ is the Paralympic motto
The Paralympic symbol is the three Agitos
Agito is Latin for “I move”

Up to now...

15 editions of the Paralympic Summer Games have been staged:
North
America
3
Europe 7
Asia 4
Oceania 1