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2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

The Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are from September 7-18, 2016. The games are held after the Rio 2016 , Summer Olympics and feature top athletes with a disability.

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Athletes with disabilities compete.

The Paralympics feature athletes with disabilities.

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First South American Host City

Rio de Janeiro is the first South American city to host the Paralympics, which will see athletes with disabilities or impairments compete in sports like athletics, cycling, judo, rowing, swimming, and volleyball.

Countdown to Rio Paralympics 2016

Paralympic sports will be played in several venues in the city, including the world famous football (soccer) Maracanã Stadium.

Same host city as Olympics

The Paralympic Games are held in the same year and city as the Olympic Games. Since the Seoul 1988 Paralympics and the Albertville 1992 Winter Paralympics, they have also been held at the same venues as the Olympics. From 2012 it became mandatory for cities that host the Olympic Games to also host the Paralympics.

Opening on Independence Day

The Paralympics' opening ceremony coincides with Brazil's Independence Day, which is a national holiday on September 7, 2016. Apart from this, some places may schedule local public holidays during the Paralympics.

2018 Winter Paralympics

The next Winter Paralympics will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea from March 9 to 18, 2018.

First Paralympics in 1960

In 1948 German-born neurologist Sir Ludwig Guttmann organized a sporting competition involving World War II veterans with spinal cord injuries in England. An international movement was born from his efforts, leading to the first official Paralympic Games, in Rome, Italy, in 1960. The games started six days after the Olympic Games' closing ceremony.

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