Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, home of the popular Maracanã Stadium is the second most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth most populous in the Americas.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s third-most populous state.

Rio de Janeiro was the host of the just concluded 2016 Summer Olympics and is presently hosting the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Maracanã Stadium which has risen to popularity in recent times held the finals of the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the XV Pan American Game.

More than 160 countries, about 4,350 athletes are expected to gather at Rio de Janeiro for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to compete for 528 medal events in 22 different sports.

Following three different rounds of voting by eligible International Olympic Committee members, Rio de Janeiro eventually emerged as winners and hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games by winning 66 votes from a possible 98. Other Candidate cities that competed for the right to host the 2016 Games were Chicago (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Madrid (Spain).

I personally do not like to refer to the para-athlethes as physically challenged; rather I consider them to be some form of Super Humans.

Of the 4,350 athletes expected to take part at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, about 1,650 will be women. They will compete in 224 medal events, with athletics, cycling and swimming providing additional events for women.

Canoe and triathlon for the first time will be included in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and each sport will stage six medal events – evenly split between male and female athletes – whilst the existing 20 summer sports will feature no less medal events than in London 2012.

The organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games has already promised to:

deliver excellent Games, with memorable celebrations that will promote the global image of Brazil, underpinned by social and urban sustainable transformation through sport, contributing to the growth of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games started on 7th September with the Opening Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium and will continue to 18th September, 2016 with a Closing Ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium.

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