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2016 Summer Paralympics

The 2016 Summer Paralympics (Brazilian Portuguese: Jogos Paralímpicos de Verão de 2016), the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee, to be 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. This will mark the first time a Latin American and South American city hosts the event, the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation, the first one being the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, and also the first time a Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country hosts the event.[1] These Games will see the introduction of two new sports to the Paralympic program; canoeing and the paratriathlon.


  • Bidding process 1
  • Development and preparation 2
    • Venues 2.1
      • Barra Cluster 2.1.1
      • Deodoro Cluster 2.1.2
      • Maracanã Cluster 2.1.3
      • Copacabana Cluster 2.1.4
    • Torch relay 2.2
  • Marketing 3
    • Tom 3.1
  • The Games 4
    • Participating nations 4.1
    • Sports 4.2
  • Broadcasting 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Bidding process

As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee first established in 2001, the winner of the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics was also to host the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[2] Following the third and final round of voting at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009, the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.[3]

2016 Summer Olympics bidding results
City NOC Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Rio de Janeiro  Brazil 26 46 66
Madrid  Spain 28 29 32
Tokyo  Japan 22 20
Chicago  United States 18

Development and preparation

Sculpture of the 2016 Summer Paralympics logo

Rio de Janeiro was the first city to ever host both the 2012 Summer Paralympics were, and felt that his team had learned lessons from London that could be applied in Rio.[4]


Map of Rio de Janeiro showing the competition venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

As in past years, the 2016 Summer Paralympics will share most of its venues with the Olympics.[4] Barra da Tijuca will host most of the venues of the Games; the rest will be located in Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro; Barra da Tijuca will also house the Olympic Village.

Barra Cluster

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

Deodoro Cluster

  • National Shooting Centre - Shooting
  • Fencing Arena - Wheelchair Fencing
  • National Equestrian Centre - Equestrian

Maracanã Cluster

Copacabana Cluster

Torch relay

One city will be selected in each of the five Regions of Brazil (the North, Northeast, Center-West, Southeast and South) and each city will have its own relay that will end with a special Paralympic cauldron being lit. Meanwhile, another flame will be lit in Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom and then all six flames will be sent to Rio, where they will combine to form the Paralympic flame at 5 September.

This will be carried around Rio over two days (6 and 7 September), ending with the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Games at the Maracanã Stadium.[5]



The official mascots of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on November 24, 2014; the Paralympic mascot represents Brazilian flora, and "is always growing and overcoming obstacles." The mascots' fictional backstories state that they were both born the joy of Brazilians after it was announced that Rio would host the Games. Brand director Beth Lula stated that the mascots are intended to reflect the diversity of Brazil's culture and people. The names of the mascots were determined by a public vote, whose results were unveiled on December 14, 2014, on the Rede Globo's Sunday primetime show Fantástico; the shortlist of names for the Paralympic mascot name winner is "Tom",named after Brazilian music Tom Jobim.[6][7][8]

The Games

Participating nations

The following National Paralympic Committees are scheduled to send athletes to the Games having earned qualifying places.


Events in 22 sports are scheduled to be contested at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Two new sports will also be added to the Paralympics in Rio; canoeing and the triathlon.[9]


In the United Kingdom, Channel 4 will broadcast the 2016 Summer Paralympics, promising 500 hours of coverage.[10][11]

Following criticism of its minimal coverage of past Paralympics (in London, it broadcast only five-and-a-half hours of highlights), NBC acquired the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Paralympics in September 2013. NBC has planned more extensive coverage for both games, initially announcing that NBC and NBCSN would carry at least 66 hours of coverage from Rio.[12]

In Australia, the Seven Network has committed to broadcasting 14 hours per day of live coverage through its Seven Sport brand. This will be along with online platforms. [13]

See also


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External links

  • Rio de Janeiro 2016 Official Homepage
  • Rio de Janeiro 2016 from the International Paralympic Committee
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