2016 paralympic games schedule | Rio 2016 paralympic events
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2016 paralympic games schedule | Rio 2016 paralympic events

January 19, 2020


Paralympics 2016 Opening Ceremony: Start Time, TV Channel, Live Stream Info As Rio Games Get Underway Just over two weeks since the Olympics Games came to a spectacular finale, the Paralympics party will get started in Rio with the opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday evening Like the Olympics itself, the buildup to the Paralympics, held every four years in the same city and at the same venues as the Olympics, has been full of difficulties and negative headlines Yet it will go on and will be the biggest to date, featuring more than 4,300 athletes competing in 22 different sports across 11 days. A massive budget shortfall and poor ticket sales has threatened to compromise the very go ahead of the Games While that has been averted thanks to a government bailout, major problems remain, leading International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Philip Craven to paint a stark picture this week. “This is the worst situation that we’ve ever found ourselves in at Paralympic movement,” he told The Associated Press. “We were aware of difficulties, but we weren’t aware it was as critical as this.” However, a surge in interest as well as a crowd-funding campaign has seen 1.5 million tickets sold. And the IPC states that it now expects all 2.5 million tickets, down from an original capacity of 3 million, to be sold. The event still has some way to go to match the success of the 2012 Paralympics in London when 2.7 million tickets were sold in what was widely seen as the most successful games to date But one area where the Rio Paralympics has already taken a step forward is in television coverage. A record 154 countries will broadcast the Games, up from 115 four years ago. And it will be the first time that those in the United States will be treated to extensive coverage NBC will dedicate more than 70 hours to the Paralympics across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, up from just six in London. It all starts with the opening ceremony at the Maracana, beginning at 5.30 p.m. local time, 4.30 p.m. EDT. NBCSN will provide coverage in primetime from 7 p.m. EDT. Like the Olympics, a torch that will be the centerpiece of the event, with the Paralympic version on its way to Rio after touring around Brazil. There is also a parade of nations. Following in the footsteps of Michael Phelps, who was the United States flag bearer in the Olympics opening ceremony, the U.S. team will be led out on Wednesday by Allison Jones. The 32-year-old, who was born without her right femur, is one one of a select few athletes to have won gold at both the summer and winter Paralympics having competed in cycling and alpine skiing. “Being able to consider ending my Paralympic career with this honor is just amazing,” she said. “Only one person gets chosen out of almost 300 hundred athletes on the team That enough people believed in me, my story and my legacy, it’s just a real honor.”

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