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5 interesting facts to know about the Rio Paralympics 2016

Here are some facts which will come as a surprise to you

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will be the 18th edition of the Games for disabled

After hosting a successful Olympic Games from August 5-21, Rio De Janeiro is now getting ready to host the second biggest event in the world, the Paralympic Games. Paralympic is a major international multisport event which gives athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities, a chance to reach for the stars. These Games will be held from September 7th to September 18th. 

In Brazil, over 4,000 athletes will be competing in the first edition of the South American Paralympic Games. The Games will be the fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games overall where disabled athletes compete according to the guidelines given by the International Paralympic Committee. The Games in Rio will also be the first Summer Paralympics to be held during the host city's wintertime.

We have put together some interesting facts about the Paralympic Games:


#1 The Games in numbers

SPORTS – 23

EVENTS – 528

VENUES – 21

COUNTRIES – 176

Here are some of the lesser known facts about the Paralympic Games:

  • At the Rio Paralympic Games, there will be a total of 23 sports in which the athletes will be participating. These 23 sports will be further divided into a staggering 528 events which will be conducted across 21 different venues. The Games will be featuring over 4000 athletes from 176 different countries of the world.

  • Athletes from 165 different countries had competed at last time’s Summer Paralympics in London 2012 which was 19 more than at Beijing in 2008. Around 4200 athletes had taken part in 20 sports at 20 venues in 503 medal events with over two million tickets for spectators four years ago.

  • USA’s swimmer Trischa Zorn tops the all-time Paralympics medals table with 55 medals in total out of which 41 are gold.

  • In 2008, South African distance swimmer Natalie Du Toit became the second person to compete in both Paralympics and Summer Olympics. She became the first athlete ever to carry her country’s flag at the Opening Ceremonies of both the Games.

  • When Rome first hosted the Paralympic Games after the finish of the Olympic Games, there were only 5,000 spectators who watched the opening Ceremony. However, the 2012 Opening Ceremony had up to 80,000 spectators and the Rio Opening Ceremony will have close to 75000 people inside the stadium.

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