XV Paralympic Games
The Official Paralympic emblem/logo was launched on 26 November 2011.
||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
||A new world
Portuguese: Um mundo novo)
||528 in 22 sports
|Officially opened by
The 2016 Summer Paralympics (
Brazilian Portuguese: Jogos Paralímpicos de Verão de 2016), the 15th
Summer Paralympic Games, were a major international
multi-sport event for
athletes with disabilities governed by the
International Paralympic Committee, held in
Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016. The Games marked the first time a
Latin American and
South American city hosted the event, the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation, the first one being the
2000 Summer Paralympics in
Sydney, and also the first time a
Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) country hosted the event.
 These Games saw the introduction of two new sports to the Paralympic program:
canoeing and the
The lead-up to these Paralympics were met with financial shortcomings attributed to tepid sponsor interest and ticket sales, which resulted in cuts to volunteer staffing and transport, the re-location of events and the partial deconstruction of the
Deodoro venue cluster. However, ticket sales began to see increases as the Games drew nearer; on 14 September 2016, the IPC announced that over 2 million tickets had been sold—overtaking
Beijing 2008 as the second-most-attended Paralympic Games ever. The
ongoing Russian doping scandal also affected the Paralympics; unlike the Olympics, which selectively allowed Russian athletes to participate, the entire Russian team was banned from the Paralympics. A team of two refugee athletes also participated in Rio.
For the fourth consecutive Summer Paralympics,
China topped the medal table, winning 107 gold medals, while Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam won their first ever Paralympic gold medals. For the first time in Paralympic history, and the first time in the Olympics or Paralympics since 1960, an athlete—Iranian cyclist
Bahman Golbarnezhad—died during competition.