Start of the 2016 Paralympics gets a Google doodle With events scheduled to last through September 18 in Rio, this is the first Paraolympics hosted in a Latin American city. Google is marking the start of the 2016 Paralympics today with an animated image on its homepage. Hosted in Rio this year, Google says this is the first time the Paralympics has been held in a Latin American city. Among the 500 athletic events, canoeing and paratriathlon have been added to the games which will run through September 18. The 2016 Paralympics Doodle leads to a search for “start of the 2016 paralympics,” and includes a selection of images to highlight different Paralympic competitions. “What started as a small gathering of British WWII veterans in 1948 has bloomed into the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with physical disabilities, drawing 4,500 athletes from 176 countries worldwide,” reports the Google Doodle blog.