The 2016 Summer Paralympics, the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games were a major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 to September 18, 2016 making them the first Summer Paralympics to be held during the host city's wintertime.
The Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics was a successful campaign, first recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 14, 2007 after two failed attempts for the 2004 and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro held all the competitions inside the city, as was done in the XV Pan American Games.
According to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 bid committee, the bid's concept is based on four principles;
The Summer Olympics and Paralympics embedded the Games in society, through programs for job generation, education, community outreach, volunteerism, training and up-skilling initiatives.
The principle, "Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Movements", combined the expansion interests of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.
Using the Olympics Live initiative and the powerful influence of Brazil in South America, the Rio de Janeiro 2016 bid committee hoped to impact a new audience for the Olympic and Paralympic brands, supporting the IOC's strategy.
In the longer term, the 2016 Paralympic Games left an important legacy, both in terms of improved accessibility in public spaces and on public transport, and in changing perceptions towards people with a disability.
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