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[14/12/2015] The Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch has been unveiled. With a design that celebrates diversity and equality, the iconic symbol that will spread the spirit of the Games and the Paralympic values around Brazil was presented at a special ceremony in Rio on Friday, 11 December. Along with the torch, the route of the torch relay that will take place between 1 and 7 September was also revealed.Celebrating diversity and equality, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch is unveiled - Read more
[23/09/2015] Rio de Janeiro’s municipal government has announced an initiative to improve accessibility to major tourist points across the city for people with a disability, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.Paralympics: Rio mayor launches project to improve accessibility in city - Read more
[16/09/2015] With less than one year to go until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the first edition to be staged in South America, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) vice-president Andrew Parsons has outlined how the event will change perceptions across the region. Parsons said the benefits would go far beyond improved infrastructure, sporting facilities and accessibility in the host city.Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: Changing perceptions of disability - Read more
[11/09/2015] To the rhythm of inclusive samba school Embaixadores da Alegria, the party to celebrate one year until the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games ended up transforming Parque dos Patins, alongside Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, into an impromptu bloco party on Monday (7 September).Samba, cinema and dance wrap up one year to Rio 2016 Paralympic Games party - Read more
[04/09/2015] The people behind the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games opening ceremony have given a sneak preview into the preparations and vision that will underpin the spectacular show. Flávio Machado, who is responsible for staging the huge new year’s eve celebrations on Copacabana beach every year, said the concept behind the ceremony was captured in the phrase: "The heart knows no limits".Rio 2016 Paralympic Games opening ceremony to mix energy, humour and rhythm - Read more
[28/08/2015] Rio 2016 will celebrate the one year until the Paralympic Games milestone on September 7 by staging a Paralympic Festival alongside the iconic Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas in the heart of the city. The event, which will be staged on the same day that tickets to the Games go on sale, will feature a range of sporting activities and cultural and educational attractions.Rio 2016 to celebrate one year to Paralympic Games with festival at Lagoa - Read more
Competitive sportsmen and sportswomen aim for medals and new records. This applies to athletes with and without disabilities. But how inclusive are professional sports meanwhile effectively? Who and what is still a matter of debate and what kind of successes have already been achieved, you will get to know in the Topic of the Month August: Inclusion in competitive sports.August 2015: Inclusion in competitive sports - Read more
As a Paralympic discipline, sailing is being dropped. The decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to eliminate sailing from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games is not just a bitter pill to swallow for athletes. The resolution is also going to have a long-term negative impact on this national and international recreational sport. "Sailing is the most inclusive sport" - Read more
"We expect fewer injuries of blind and visually impaired swimmers from our pool wall warning system"
When a blind swimmer is touched on the head or back by a tennis ball attached to a long pole by the so-called "tapper", then he or she knows that the pool wall is coming up. If this signal is given too early or too late, it can result in disqualification or injuries. Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, are currently working on an alternative."We expect fewer injuries of blind and visually impaired swimmers from our pool wall warning system" - Read more
Is a prosthesis an advantage? Researchers at Bournemouth University in England try to answer this question and examine to what extent lower limb prosthetics represent a competitive advantage in joint competitions of athletes with and without disabilities. During the past few months, the "Markus Rehm case" has attracted a great deal of attention – and criticism in Germany.Competitive sports with and without disabilities: Alone instead of together? - Read more