15th Summer Paralympic Games kick off today

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine pins hopes to the newly introduced kinds of sports
10:45, 7 September 2016

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The 15th Summer Paralympic Games are kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today, on September 7. These are the first Summer Paralympics to be held during the host city's wintertime, the first time Latin America and the second time in Southern Hemisphere after 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney.

Two new sports are introduced to this year’s Paralympic program: canoeing and the paratriathlon.

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A total of 22 sports will be contested during the Games, with two new ones added, triathlon and canoeing.

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Ukraine’s national paralympic team is to be represented by biggest team for the country - 172 sportsmen in 15 disciplines. Ukraine pins hopes to the newly introduced kinds of sports.

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The opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games 2016 will be held at the stadium "Maracana" in Rio de Janeiro at start at 18:15 local time, 00:15 a.m. Kyiv time.

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