2016 Rio Summer Paralympics.
I have a higher respect for these athletes, for their emotional and physical courage in overcoming their various handicaps, life-long disabilities for some, to compete. Their athletic prowess despite overwhelming public partiality towards them is admirable; puts our furtive prejudices toward these Games to shame. Kudos to these participating athletes. The 2016 Rio Paralympics, the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games, are a major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. It is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016, making them 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. These Games will see the introduction of two new sports to the programme: canoeing and the paratriathlon. The lead-up to these Paralympics have been met with major financial issues, which were primarily attributed to tepid sponsor interest and ticket sales. These shortcomings have resulted in cuts to volunteer staffing and transport, the re-location of events and the partial deconstruction of the Deodoro Olympic Park. However, none of these cuts have affected the Games themselves.
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