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2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics

Disabled World: Revised/Updated: 2019/04/03

Synopsis: The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games were the 15th Paralympics and took place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 2016.

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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;

  • technical excellence,
  • experience of a lifetime,
  • transformation,
  • supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

The Summer Olympics and Paralympics embedded the Games in society, through programs for job generation, education, community outreach, volunteerism, training and up-skilling initiatives.

2016 Paralympic Venues

Barra Cluster

  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Swimming
  • Olympic Hockey Stadium - Football (5-a-side and 7-a-side)
  • Olympic Tennis Stadium - Wheelchair Tennis
  • Olympic Training Center - Goalball, Judo, Wheelchair Basketball
  • Riocentro - Boccia, Powerlifting, Table Tennis
  • Rio Olympic Arena - Wheelchair Rugby

Copacabana Cluster

  • Flamengo Park- Cycling
  • Marina da Gloria - Sailing
  • Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas - Rowing

Deodoro Cluster

  • National Shooting Center - Shooting
  • Fencing Arena - Wheelchair Fencing

Maracan Cluster

  • Maracan Stadium - Opening, Closing and some Awards Ceremony's
  • Havelange Olympic Stadium - Athletics
  • Maracanazinho - Sitting Volleyball
  • Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai - Archery, Marathon and some Awards Ceremonies

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 United Kingdom, Channel 4 broadcasted the 2016 Summer Paralympics, with 500 hours of coverage.
  • In Australia, the Seven Network broadcasted 14 hours per day of live coverage through its Seven Sport brand.

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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