Paralympics: Rio Games open, largest ever and 1st in S. America

The Rio Paralympics got underneath approach Wednesday, with gratifying shows put on by performers with disabilities during a opening rite for a largest multisport eventuality for physically challenged athletes.

A record-high 4,300 competitors from 159 countries and territories as good as a interloper group are set to take partial in 528 events in 22 sports in a initial Paralympics hold in South America.

Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva, 37, also famous as “Paralympic shark,” was a final curtain in a flame send and illuminated a cauldron.

Brazil’s new President Michel Temer, who took bureau Aug. 31 after his prototype Dilma Rousseff was impeached, announced a 15th Summer Paralympics open amid jeers from a stands during Maracana Stadium.

Part of a rite was injured by large booing from a crowd, including when Temer was introduced, as a politician is unpopular with Brazilians over allegations of crime in a nation inextricable in domestic turmoil.

Powerhouse Russia will not be competing as a International Paralympic Committee has dangling a Russian Paralympic Committee’s membership due to systematic doping cover-ups and imposed a sweeping anathema on athletes from a nation during a Rio Paralympics.

Japan, seeking to build movement for a 2020 Tokyo Paralympics with 132 athletes in Rio, aims to win 10 bullion medals, double a sum from a 2012 London Games.

Flagbearer Yui Kamiji, who will contest in women’s wheelchair tennis, led a Japanese commission into a stadium.

“It’s a good respect to be means to lead Japan’s commission during a theatre I’ve dreamed of,” Kamiji said. “After this, we wish to combine on what we have to do as a aspirant so that we can furnish results.”

The Paralympics will run by Sept. 18, with bone-fide foe set to start Thursday.


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