RIO 2016

With the resounding success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio 2016 showcased the best of what Brazil has to offer The closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games, 21 September, brought to an end a golden two weeks that exceeded all expectations from start to finish, with impeccable organisation, the integration of people from all over the world and the excitement of the hosts. The magical and inspiring opening and closing ceremonies, full of colour, rhythm and careful choreography were designed to showcase “Brazilian-ness” in the monumental Maracanã stadium. The sense of pride was infectious and lifted the performance…

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With the Rio Paralympics Games, accessible tourism is once again put in the spotlight. It is a movement that is continuing to grow and is attracting more and more attention from tour operators, agencies and travellers alike, all around the world. Brazil is no exception and the country has worked harder than ever to improve travel options for tourists with disabilities. Ahead of the Paralympics, the Brazilian government has increased its support of initiatives that increase social inclusion, including developing adventure retreats and barrier-free projects that enable more people to travel to the country and enjoy the natural and cultural…

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Athletics, swimming and basketball are all Olympic sports which we are used to seeing. But did you know that there are a few events which have been part of the Games in the past and, perhaps due in part to their slight oddness, have fallen by the Olympic wayside? Here is a list of 10 somewhat different sports which have played (or still do play) a part in the Olympic roster: Individual synchronized swimming One swimmer, synchronised with themselves! Believe it or not, it did actually happen, in the LA 1984 Games, to the swimmer Tracie Ruiz. Maybe…

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According to a survey conducted by Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism, 87.7% of foreign visitors to the country during the Olympics would like to come back, with 84.2% saying they would like to revisit Rio. The tourists, interviewed between 6 and 16 August in Brazilian airports, spoke highly of Brazilian hospitality, nightlife and leisure attractions. The survey was conducted on both foreign and Brazilian tourists and revealed details such as the individual’s profile, the average spend, the total amount of time spent in each location, and satisfaction levels regarding all important features such as security, public transport, infrastructure and prices.…

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The song “Eu sou do mundo, um vencedor” (I belong to the world, a winner), was written by the Brazilian footballer and musicians Jhama and Pablo Luiz The Paralympic Ambassador Ronaldinho, together with his friends, the Brazilian musicians Jhama and Pablo Luiz, has presented the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) with a song to inspire the Brazilian athletes at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Available for download at the CPB’s site, and soon to be released to the wider world, the song was written to praise the grit, determination, courage and perseverance of the Paralympians, according to Ronaldinho. “We wrote…

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With a delegation made up of 257 athletes, including a number of previous Olympic champions, Team Great Britain is looking to go one better than their memorable campaign at London 2012, when they finished in third place in the overall medal table, with 120 medals (34 golds). Highlights of the Athletics team are London gold medallists David Weir, Richard Whitehead, Aled Davies and Hannah Cockroft. Other members include Libby Clegg, 200 metre world record holder, and Jonnie Peacock. Cycling is another sport in which the Brits expect to excel. The big-hitters in the team are Dame Sarah Storey,…

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Wheelchair Rugby has been an exciting part of the Paralympics since the Sydney 2000 Games. The sport requires a great deal of skill and strength, with athletes regularly pushing themselves to the limit over the course of a match. Have a read through to understand a bit more about how the game works. Wheelchair Rugby includes one or two adaptations from the regular version of the sport. The ball used is the same as that in Volleyball, and matches take place on a Basketball court. Teams have up to 12 players, with only four playing at a time. Matches are…

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With its astounding feats of endurance, Paralympic Road Cycling has been a part of the Paralympics since New York 1984. Adaptations usually have to be made to the bikes. There are three categories: – Hand bike: used by paraplegic or amputee athletes, who have to power the bike with their arms – Tricycle: a more stable ride for athletes with cerebral palsy. – Tandem: used by vision-impaired athletes, they have two seats – the front one is for the guide-cyclist, who acts as a pair of eyes for the athlete behind him. Conventional bikes can be adapted according to the…

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Wheelchair Fencing has been a part of the Paralympic Games since Rome 1960. With more than a hint of medieval chivalry, the sport is utterly captivating and promises to provide plenty of excitement at the 2016 Games. The weapons – Sword, Rapier and Sabre – are slightly larger than in traditional Fencing, and the objective is to strike the opponent in specific spots. Athletes wear a system of sensors which detect whether or not their opponent has struck a successful blow. In the team version, the winner is the first to 45 points, or whoever has more at the end.…

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With a few differences from conventional Equestrian eventing, Paralympic Equestrianism is one of the Games’ highlights, and Team GB is one of the pre-competition favourites. It’s likely that Equestrianism stems right back to Ancient Greece, but the first official competitions started at the beginning of the 70s, in England and Scandinavia, being included in the Paralympics for the first time at Atlanta 1996. In Paralympic Equestrianism, men and women participate equally, and events can be in teams or for individuals. The only modality is the Para-Equestrian Dressage, which requires riders to present a series of pre-determined movements, including steps, trots…

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