More Paralympics

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News September 2013

More medals available for winning at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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“More” is the key word so far in early planning for the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced there will be 526 medal events across 22 sports in 2016. That is 23 more medal events than at London 2012.

More female athletes are expected to participate in the Games. Organizers are planning for 4,350 athletes to take part in the Paralympics, including 1,650 women. That would be an almost 10% increase from London.

Women will compete in 224 medal events, equating to 43% of all medal events. Track and field, cycling and swimming are providing additional events for women.

Canoe and triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time in Rio, and each sport will stage six medal events.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place Sept. 7–18, 2016.

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