2016 Summer Paralympics

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XV Paralympic Games
Host cityRio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
MottoA new world
(Portuguese: Um mundo novo)
Nations159
Athletes4,342
Events528 in 22 sports
Opening7 September
Closing18 September
Opened by
Cauldron
StadiumMaracanã
Estádio Olímpico
Summer
London 2012 Tokyo 2020
Winter
Sochi 2014 Pyeongchang 2018

The 2016 Summer Paralympics (Portuguese: Jogos Paralímpicos de Verão de 2016), the 15th Summer Paralympic Games, were a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities. It was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 to 18 September 2016.

The Games was the first time a Latin American and South American city hosted the event, the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation, the first one being the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney.[1] These Games saw the introduction of two new sports to the Paralympic program: canoeing and the paratriathlon.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rio to stage 2016 Olympic Games". BBC News. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009.