Rio, 8 September, 2016: Rio Paralympics started on Wednesday at Maracana Stadium. More than 4,400 athletes from 160 countries will participate in the games.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said that “The figure includes two refugees, who will participate under the International Paralympic Athletes flag”
Of the 4,432 athletes registered for the September 7-18 Games, a record 1,621 are women – 12 per cent more than London four years ago and more than double the number that participated in Atlanta 20 years ago.
The total number of registered athletes is 4,432 for the September 7-18 Games, in which a record of 1,621 are women-.
The overall number of athletes in Rio eclipses the 4,302 participants that took part in London and the 3,951 who were registered in Beijing in 2008.
IPC president Philip Craven said “organisers had overcome many obstacles, such as budget cuts and slow early ticket sales amid Brazil’s worst recession in decades.”
“Two weeks ago I said we faced unprecedented circumstances and since then we’ve seen unprecedented teamwork,”
“The feeling coming out of the athletes village is that athletes are happy. The thing to remember is athletes perform best when they are happy and I only saw happy athletes in the village, and that’s all right for me.”
154 countries and 39 regions will be able to see the games in London.