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BP to become an IPC international partner 12.12.2013

Company that supports NPCs and invidual athletes expands portfolio to include IPC through to 2016.


BP has taken a major step in supporting Paralympic sport throughout the world by becoming an International Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) until the end of 2016.

Having supported the London 2012 Paralympics, as well as various National Paralympic Committees and athletes competing at the Games, BP is now keen to work with the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement on a longer term partnership.



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IPC publishes Rio 2016 Qualification Guide

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published the Qualification Guide for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which describes in detail how athletes and teams can qualify for the sports on the Games programme.

The Rio 2016 Paralympics will take place from 7-18 September 2016, with nearly 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries expected to contest 528 medal events.

Approximately 1,690 of the athlete participants are expected to be women – a 9.9 per cent increase from London 2012 and more than double the 790 who took part in the Atlanta 1996 Games. They will compete in 226 medal events, equating to 43 per cent of the total number of medal events.

Triathlon and canoe will make their Paralympic Games debuts in Rio, with each sport staging six medal events.

The Rio 2016 qualification period began on 1 January 2014 and sport entries must be submitted for the Games by 15 August 2016.

Qualification criteria for 18 of the 22 sports are included in the guide thus far, with the qualification criteria for the other four sports – canoe, cycling, judo and sailing – expected to come before the end of the month.

Some of the sports on the programme will also offer bipartite invitation commission slots, which are opportunities offered on a discretionary basis by the IPC and the respective International Federation (IF) to athletes, who have not had the chance to meet the qualification criteria due to extraordinary circumstances.

Universality wildcards may also be offered to athletes from National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) that have been unable to qualify any athletes for the Games.

The complete Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Qualification Guide on the IPC’s new Rio 2016 micro-site launched this week at http://www.paralympic.org/rio-2016.

The website also includes the latest news and photos, athlete biographies and Ones to Watch list leading up to Rio 2016.


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NPCs impressed by Rio 2016 progress 08.05.2014

Delegates from 17 countries visited Rio for an NPC Open Day and viewed the athletes’ village, competition venues and infrastructure.


National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) declared themselves impressed by the progress made toward staging the Rio 2016 Games after visiting the city for the first NPC Open Day in the history of the Paralympic Movement.

More than 40 delegates from 17 countries spanning the five continents spent two days in Rio being updated on the project by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and visiting competition sites across the city.

While Rio 2016 and previous Games organising committees had already hosted numerous open days for National Olympic Committees, this was the first time such an event had been tailored specifically for NPCs – the organisations that prepare the athletes from their respective countries for the Games.

IPC Vice President and Brazilian Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said: “The feedback so far is very positive. When visiting the Paralympic Village, and when walking in the Olympic Park viewing the works, the impression that things were not moving vanishes.”

Qayser Sachdev, IPC NPC Relations Manager, said: “This was the first time an organising committee has held an open day for National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and it has proven to be a success which future Games organisers should look to repeat in years to come. The mood was positive and the NPCs leave assured that Rio is on track to deliver a great Games in 2016. Delegates were particularly impressed with the Paralympic Village which will have its own distinct atmosphere and accessible facilities. Having a training site within the Village will mean the majority of athletes will have access to world class training facilities without having to leave the Village."

Rio 2016 Director of NOC and NPC Services and Olympic and Paralympic Village Mario Cilenti said: “We have shared a lot of information, held productive meetings and received some very useful feedback. We know the importance of dialogue and working closely together with our stakeholders and we will use these insights and discussions to further develop and fine tune our services to National Paralympic Committees and their athletes. They will be the heart and soul of the Rio 2016 Games.”

Hans Safstrom, Sport Director at the Swedish Paralympic Committee, said: “I was here in November and even since then we can see that a lot of things have happened. For example at the athletes’ village, the last time work had started on three buildings, and now they are finished and there is a lot more building happening.

“Last time we were told about the changes to be done at the athletics stadium, now the work has started. Also there’s the construction work in the port area and on the roads coming through the mountains from Barra to the city. Things have happened. I think so far Rio is looking really good and I look forward to coming back and seeing more progress.”


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Update to Rio 2016 para-athletics medals programme


IPC Athletics has announced that 27 of the 177 events planned for inclusion in the track and field programme at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are currently not meeting the minimum eligibility criteria as of 6 June 2014 due to the population of athletes.

As a result the sport’s governing body has urged national federations to ensure that all athletes are registered and licensed in order to provide an accurate data reflection for each proposed event.

Should the events continue to not meet the criteria, then in line with the Rio 2016 Event Replacement Policy, the events will be removed from the programme and replaced.

Ryan Montgomery, Head of IPC Athletics, said: “When we announced the initial Rio 2016 Medal Event Programme last August our aim was to create greater gender equality and a wider spectrum of events for all classes.

“We still believe we can achieve this alongside the work of National Paralympic Committees. Currently though some events are in jeopardy of not making the programme due to the population of athletes.

“Before we make a final decision, we want to ensure that all athletes with the potential to compete at Rio 2016 are registered and licenced to ensure that we have the exact numbers because at the moment we do not think this is the case.”

The events currently not meeting the minimum eligibility criteria are as follows:


Event; Class; Eligible Classes

100m; T33; T33

400m; T20; T20

1500m; T38; T38

5000m; T13; T13

High Jump; T44; T44

High Jump; T47; T45, T46, T47


Event; Class; Eligible Classes

100m; T33; T33

100m; T51; T51

100m; T52; T52

400m; T20; T20

400m; T38; T38

400m; T44; T43, T44

400m; T52; T51, T52

800m; T34; T34

1500m; T11; T11

1500m; T46; T45, T46

Shot Put; F32; F32

Shot Put; F33; F33

Shot Put; F35; F35

Shot Put; F40; F40

Shot Put; F41; F41

Shot Put; F53; F53

Discus; F41; F40, F41

Discus; F52; F51, F52

Club Throw; F51; F51

Marathon; T12; T11, T12

Marathon; T46; T45, T46

IPC Athletics will announce the final Rio 2016 medal event programme in April 2015, in line with the Rio Event Replacement Policy. Further updates on events not meeting the minimal eligibility criteria will be provided following the conclusion of the 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain and the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.


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Follow the race to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Athletes and teams from 178 countries will be battling it out in 2015 and 2016 to ensure a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. With around 4,350 Paralympic slots available, the upcoming sporting calendar is bursting with qualifying events for the Games. Around the world, tournaments will take place in the 23 sports that will feature on the Paralympic programme. The clock is ticking and the deadline to qualify is August 2016, when the official list of participants for the 2016 Paralympic Games will be published and the door closes for the current crop of Paralympic hopefuls.

Curious to find out who is on their way to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games? Check out our article below, which will be regularly updated, to see the results of the qualifying events and find out who has booked their place. Just click on the sports you are interested in to see the information drop down.







Football 5-a-side

Football 7-a-side







Sitting Volleyball


Table Tennis


Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Fencing

Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Tennis

Rio 2106


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Brazilian Paralympic Committee announces Ayrton Senna as its 'in memorian ambassador'

The Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) announced on Wednesday (September 9) the Formula 1 three-times world champion Ayrton Senna as its in memorian ambassador.

Former Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna has been announced as a memorian ambassador of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. © • Getty Images

By CPB Brazilian Paralympic Committee

The former driver was introduced during a ceremony at Copabacana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, where CPB also launched a photo exhibition to celebrate its Parapan Am Games success.

The subaquatic pictures - taken by Jonne Roriz - were chosen to show the Paralympic athletes from a different perspective. Brazil led the medal table in Toronto with 257 accolades.

“It is a huge honour for us of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee to welcome a person who has always shared our mission and the values of the Paralympic Movement. I’m also delighted to announce it in an exhibition that perfectly portrays the 20 years of the CPB”, said Andrew Parsons, President of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee and Vice-President of the IPC.

Ayrton Senna will join a team of ambassadors who already has sports celebrities such as the former Brazilian international football player Romario, Ronaldinho Gaucho, currently playing for Fluminense, two-times Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and judo Olympic medalist Flavio Canto. TV presenters and models Fernanda Lima and Rodrigo Hilbert also make part of it, as well as Luiz Severiano Ribeiro, chair of the Kinoplex Group.

One of the most remarkable sportsman born in Brazil, Ayrton Senna died in 1994 as a result of a crash during that year's San Marino Grand Prix.

The Paralympic Ambassadors Programme aims to draw more attention to the Paralympic Movement in Brazil through the presence of the group in events as well as social media activities.



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200 days until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: four test events to play crucial role in home straight

“We are now really getting into the spirit and rhythm of the Paralympic Games. We are starting to breathe the Games. We live, speak the Games, wake up in the middle of the night to note something down…” So said Edílson Alves da Rocha, known as Tubiba, technical director of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB). With exactly 200 days until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin, his words reflect the excitement growing in the city.

“We are now really getting into the spirit and rhythm of the Paralympic Games. We are starting to breathe the Games. We live, speak the Games, wake up in the middle of the night to note something down…” So said Edílson Alves da Rocha, known as Tubiba, technical director of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB). With exactly 200 days until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin, his words reflect the excitement growing in the city.

Before the Games, there will be four more Paralympic-specific test events to assess and adjust details: from 26 to 28 February there will be the International Wheelchair Rugby Championship, at Carioca Arena 1 in Barra Olympic Park. From 22 to 24 April, the Para-Swimming International Open will take place at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, also in Barra. On the 4 and 5 May, in Barra once more, the International Goalball Tournament will be held at the Future Arena. Finally, from 18 to 21 May, there will be the Para-Athletics International Open, involving competitions at the Olympic Stadium in the Maracanã Zone. This will be a full test event, to evaluate all functional areas.


Key moment: transition

The shift from the Olympic Games to the Paralympic Games is an aspect that requires great attention among all those involved. The transition will take place over 16 days, between 22 August and 6 September.

As the Olympic events end and the competition venues are freed up, the work to adjust them to the Paralympics can begin. However, for the Olympic Village’s transformation into the Paralympic Village – including a complete change in look – there will be just three days before the Paralympic delegations start to arrive for the competitions. (The opening ceremony will be on 7 September and the competitions will end on 18 September.)

Rio 2016 hidden-camera video turns para-athletes into celebrities

During the next 200 days, the Paralympic ceremony operations will also be prepared. Although the ceremonies will feature around half the number of athletes as in the Olympic ceremonies, there will be more Paralympic medals ceremonies because of the variety of functional classes.

Paralympic torch in five cities

Leonardo Caetano, the Rio 2016 ceremonies director, said: “Following the production of content and scripts, we are now producing and constructing the opening and closing ceremonies, involving rehearsals and costume production.”

Closer to the Games, two or three general ceremony rehearsals will be held. “The participants will be wearing their make-up and costumes. They are real projections, on the real stage,” said Caetano.

With regard to torches, the Paralympic relay is very different from the Olympic one, explains Marco Elias, who is responsible for the entire initiative. Each one of the five cities, representing Brazil’s regions, will have its own relay. The cities are Brasília, Belém, Natal, São Paulo and Joinville, one at a time, in an order yet to be determined, but starting on 1 September.

In Rio de Janeiro, there will be a two-day relay – on 6 and 7 September, when the opening ceremony will take place.


Education: the biggest legacy

According to the president of the CPB, Andrew Parsons, the Games will be a seminal opportunity to change perceptions as the public gets to see elite athletes in Brazil, with families enjoying a unique experience together. One of CPB’s challenges during these 200 days will be to motivate the public to participate in the Games, helping the population to understand the importance of this opportunity and to break down barriers.

“People are starting to realise that impairments are a characteristic of a person, no more or less important than other ones. And they are starting to see that people with impairments are productive, happy, great professionals, fathers and mothers, and friends,” says Parsons, who is also the vice president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).


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Six months to go: rhythm intensifies on road to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Text: Patrícia da Matta

With just six months to go before the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the organising commitee is working at full speed to ensure that everything is in place so that the world’s elite para-athletes can shine on the biggest stage. Below, Rio 2016.com looks ahead to the major milestones still to come, and looks back at some of what has already been achieved.

Testing, preparing, fine-tuning...


Swimming, goalball and athletics are the remaining Paralympic sports to have test events before the Games (Photos: Getty Images)

Last month’s wheelchair rugby test event won the sport new fans while helping Games organisers to prepare transport operations for athletes with an impairment, test accessibility in venues and fine tune competition management. In April and May, another three test events dedicated to Paralympic sports – swimming, goalball and athletics – will contribute to organisers’ and athletes’ preparations for the Games.

Between 22 and 24 April, the Paralympic Swimming International Open will be held at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, then from 4 to 5 May, the Aquece Rio International Goalball Tournament will be taking place at the Future Arena. The final competition on the Rio 2016 test event calendar will be the Paralympic Athletics International Open at the Olympic Stadium from 18 to 21 May.

Following the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games on 21 August, the Rio 2016 organising committee will have to spring straight into action to get everything ready for another 12 days of competitions, starting on 7 September. The ‘look’ of the venues and in the rest of the city will change – orange will replace blue, and the Olympic Rings will give way to the Agitos, as the Paralympic Movement’s symbol is known. Of the 37 venues used in the Olympic Games, 21 will remain for the Paralympics, receiving the necessary adaptations.


At the athletes’ village, the deadline is even tighter. After the Olympians depart, Rio 2016 will have just four days – from 24 to 28 August – to replenish the stocks and prepare the rooms to host the Paralympic athletes and delegations.

Spreading the message

The Rio 2016 Paralympic torch has already been unveiled, its design celebrating innovation, diversity and equality: besides reflecting the curves of Rio de Janeiro’s terrain, it displays the Paralympic values in a Braille inscription.


Brasília, Belém, Natal, São Paulo and Joinville, as well as Rio, are the cities chosen to represent Brazil in the Paralympic Torch Relay, which will take place between 1 and 7 September. Unlike the Olympic Torch Relay, each of these five cities – one in each of the five regions of Brazil – will have its own relay. More details will be revealed shortly.

Find out all about the Paralympic torch

Thrilling ceremonies

Under the direction of renowned artist Vik Muniz, writer Marcelo Rubens Paiva and designer Fred Gelli, the Rio 2016 Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies will provide some of the most exciting moments of the whole event.

As well as showcasing Brazil’s culture to the rest of the world, the opening ceremony will present athletes and delegations, and mark the start of competitions, while the closing ceremony will use all the emotions and joy of the Brazilian people to pass on the baton to the Games’ next host city, Tokyo.

Take a look back at Rio 2016’s presentation at London 2012’s closing ceremony:

If you want to see this show from the inside, there’s still time to apply to be part of the cast. The second wave of auditions are taking place until 20 March.


Th Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the first edition to be staged in South America, will bring together 4,350 athletes from 176 countries in more than 500 medal events in 23 sports – including canoeing and triathlon for the first time. Genuine stars such as Richard Browne, Markus Rehm, Jason Smyth, Daniel Dias and Terezinha Guilhermina will put on a show that confirms Paralympic sport is high-performance sport.

Who’s coming?

Some of the biggest names in Paralympic sport have already spoken of their excitement about the Rio 2016 Games, including Great Britain’s Josie Pearson, Italy’s Alex Zanardi, America’s Josh George and Iran’s Zahra Nemati.


Legends of Paralympic sports will seek to write new chapters at the Rio 2016 Games (Photos: Getty Images)

Football 5-a-side and football 7-a-side are the only sports that already have all their teams determined. This means there are tense and busy months ahead for athletes and fans of the 21 disciplines that still have qualification places to be decided.

Follow the race to qualify for the Paralympic Games



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The Paralympic Torch eelay Uniforms Will Probably Be A Little Bit Same As Olympic Torch Relay Uniforms But The Difference Will Be Colors Orange Red And Rio 2016 And Paralympic Agitos Will Be Trimmed In Silver Color.

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Rio 2016 Paralympic torch lit in Brasilia


The Paralympic torch relay will begin on 1 September and will visit five cities around Brazil on its way to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch design is white with red, orange circles.
Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch © • Rio 2016/Alex Ferro

The Paralympic torch was lit by Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer at a ceremony held in Brasilia on 25 August.

Rio 2016 Organising Committee President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazil’s Minister of Sport, Leonardo Picciani, and Brazilian Paralympic Committee President and International Paralympic Committee Vice President, Andrew Parsons, also attended the ceremony.

"The experience of hosting the Olympic Games, called by many people the best in history, guarantees that the Paralympic Games will continue in the same direction," Nuzman said.

"We will receive the Paralympic world in a city that has been transformed."

Brazilian athletics Paralympic and world champion Yohansson Nascimento, who received the torch from Temer, said: “I have no doubt that the Paralympic Games will also be a success.

“Brazilian athletes are training hard. Our target of finishing in the top five is very ambitious, but we have had all the support we need to reach it. We are prepared and we will achieve it. I have no doubts that we will hear the Brazilian national anthem every day.”

The Paralympic torch relay will begin on 1 September. On its way to the Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on 7 September, the relay will visit five cities: Brasilia, Belem, Joinville, Natal and Sao Paulo.



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IOC President to miss Opening Ceremony of Paralympic Games for first time in 32 years


Thomas Bach will miss the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games here tomorrow - the first time the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not have attended the event for 32 years. 

Bach is instead due to be attending the official state mourning ceremony for Walter Scheel, the former West Germany President, who died at the age of 97, in Berlin.

The German has appointed South Africa’s Sam Ramsamy as the official representative of the IOC at the Opening Ceremony.

Ramsamy has been an IOC member since 1995 and is a delegate member to sport for athletes with a disability.





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