The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be launched at the Maracana with organizers promising a spectacular show and plenty of surprises. The Rio Paralympic Games are held every four years for athletes who suffer from various disabilities. It is 15th Paralympic Games, the major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7-18 September. Just as India sent its largest delegation to the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Paralympics will also be represented by 19 athletes from the nation, the highest sent for the event till date.
What is Paralympic Games:
The first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy in 1960 and featured 400 athletes from 23 countries. In 1976 Ornskoldsvik, Sweden staged the first Paralympic Winter Games. The Games are now the second biggest sporting event in the world.
The Paralympic Games are an attempt to provide an equal platform for athletes with disabilities and are run by international non-profit organization to showcase their skills at a stage that lets them represent their countries. The Paralympics, as the largest sports competition for athletes with a disability worldwide, involve athletes from several disability categories.
In order to differentiate between the various categories of legitimate disabilities, there are 10 categories, such as impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment.
The six main disability categories:
Intellectual disability (currently under suspension),
Spinal injuries and Les Autres (French for “the others”, a category that includes conditions that do not fall into the categories mentioned before).
How do you watch the Paralympics ?
Rio 2016 Paralympics
Start Time: 5.30pm on Wednesday (7 September) at Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium.
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports app, USParalympics.org
The live stream, which will have English commentary, will be available in around 240 territories on Paralympic.org and in around 190 territories on Dailymotion.com/Paralympics. You will be able to see plenty of the action on free-to-air TV. The Games are being broadcast on Channel Seven for the first time, on the 7 TWO channel and through the 7 Live app.
Summer Paralympics 2016:
Rio Paralympics 2016 Games end – September 18 2016
Rio 2016 Paralympics all the schedules of the events – There will be 526 medal events across 22 sports in Rio.
What’s new at the Paralympics 2016?
- More than 170 countries are sending athletes to Rio but the Paralympics are significantly smaller than the Olympics Games, with about 4300 athletes.
- Para-canoe and Para-triathlon are now part of the program.
- The multi-discipline triathlon is sure to be one of the most spectacular events as it’s being held at Fort Copacabana this weekend.
- There are more than 526 medal events across the 22 sports.
For all the schedules of the 22 events taking place at the Paralympics, click here.
All you need to Know About Rio 2016 Paralympics:
- The theme of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Ceremony is “Every Body Has A Heart”, reflecting its focus on the human condition, feelings, difficulties, solidarity and love.
- The Ceremony starts 5.30pm on Wednesday (7 September) at Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium. It also played host to last month’s Olympic Opening Ceremony.
- The Paralympic Ceremony has been created by three directors – designer Fred Gelli, writer Marcelo Rubens Paiva and artist Vik Muniz. Gelli has promised the Ceremony will “pass on the endless energy the athletes have”. Paiva says it will be “the biggest symbol of tolerance and respect for others”.
- More than 4,000 athletes, representing over 160 teams, will parade along two stages at the Maracana during the Ceremony. Each national team will have their own flag-bearer.
- Leading the parade will be Ibrahim Al Hussein, a Syrian refugee who will compete as part of the Independent Paralympic Athletes (IPA) Team at the Games.
- The Ceremony will include the live creation of a work of art by Muniz. Taking place during the athletes’ parade, the piece of art will use 500 plates, which will be carried by the different delegations to form a gigantic mosaic, whose design remains a secret.
- One of the highlights of the Ceremony will be the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron, signaling the official start of the Games. The flame has traveled across all five regions of Brazil over seven days, with 500 torchbearers taking part. The quadrangular torch reflects the four Paralympic values – courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
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