10 Significant facts about summer Paralympics 2016
The Summer Paralympic Games 2016, widely known as Rio 2016 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Let’s see some interesting facts about them!
- 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.
- Following the third and final round of voting at the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen on 2 October 2009, the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.
- They will be the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games.
- The 2007 Pan American Games and Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro marked the first time that the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games were hosted as parallel events in the same host city; Rio’s organization of the two events helped provide the city with experience in hosting multi-sport events, and Paralympic sporting events.
- Andrew Parsons, president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, remarked that the organizing teams responsible for the Olympics and Paralympics were maintaining a good relationship and “speaking the same language” in relation to their organizational duties.
- As in past years, the 2016 Summer Paralympics will share most of its venues with the Olympics.
- 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.
- The budget of the 2016 Summer Paralympics has faced several rounds of cuts, although the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee has not provided specific details on the deficits.
- In mid-August 2016, it was reported that the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee had failed to timely deliver US$8 million in travel grants that were intended to be paid out at the end of July. Without these grants, National Paralympic Committees may have to cover a larger share of the cost of transporting their athletes to the Games, while some (particularly those in African and Asian regions) may not be able to afford sending their athletes to Rio at all.