The opening ceremony for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games brought together about 4,350 athletes from over 170 nations for a dazzling event which went under the motto “A New World”.
Held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the ceremony featured a tribute to the wheel, Brazil’s swirling samba and to the beach – a ritual gathering spot in seaside city.
The show also saluted Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias, the country’s most decorated Paralympian with 10 gold medals.
Despite an initial fall in ticket sales of about $200,000 a few weeks ago, organisers now say that tickets sales have boomed, and have now sold 1.6 million.
This is partly a result of the reasonable prices for many tickets, only 10 Brazilian reals (£0.70, $3). Brazil is currently enduring its worst recession in generations.
The country just removed its elected president, Dilma Rousseff and these games needed agovernment bailout of almost $80m to make it to the starting line. Brazilian president Michel Temer was booed during the cceremony.
Six of the athletes will feature in Para- Athletes, 14 in Para-Powerlifting, while three will take part in Para-Table tennis.
Twelve officials, including coaches, medical personnel, helpers, loaders and team administrators, accompanied the team.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has however sent his goodwill and encouragement to the team, which can be reduced to, “Go and make Nigeria proud.
See photos bellow of awesome moments from the opening ceremony.
A member of Bahrain’s delegation entering the stadium
The games, which opened on september 7th, will be rounded off on September 18th. I wish all the Athletes a wonderful and hitch free competition in Rio.