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Rio 2016 Hosts International Paralympic Meeting

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Rio 2016 welcomed some of the major stars of Paralympic sport for an international athletics and swimming meeting, which started Saturday. One hundred and twenty athletes that competed at the Beijing Games are there. 

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of Rio 2016, said he believes the competition is a further indication of the growing profile of Paralympic sport in Brazil.

He said, "Brazil obtained the country's best ever results in Beijing, which shows the development of Paralympic sport in the country. Rio 2016 positions the Paralympic and Olympic Games at the same level, with the same standards and with full integration between them. It will be an inspiring event, like our athletes".

The event takes place over two weekends. August 8 and 9 the Cello de Barros Stadium will host athletics competitions involving fifty athletes from ten countries. The swimming events will take place on the second weekend - August 15 and 16 - at Julio Delamare Aquatic Park. Seventy athletes from eleven countries will take part.

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Rio 2016 Summary
Bid Status: Rio won bid
Bid Date: October 2, 2009
Bid Location: IOC Congress in Copenhagen Denmark
Description: Rio last bid for the 2004 and 2012 Games but did not make the short list. The city is trying to leverage the success of the 2007 Pan Am Games in its run for the 2016 Olympics - and Brazil is currently preparing to host the 2014 World Cup.
Bid Book: Link To Bid Book
Web Site: http://www.rio2016.org.br