Azerbaijan, Iraq name athletes to Rio 201604.08.2016
Aruba and the Dominican Republic also announced their delegations for the Paralympic Games.
The National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) of Azerbaijan, Iraq, Aruba and the Dominican Republic have announced their delegations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Paralympic, world and European champion judoka Ilham Zakiyev will be the nation’s flag bearer.
Fellow judoka Ramin Ibrahimov looks to defend his gold medal from four years ago in the men’s up to 60kg.
In athletics, Oleg Panyutin will return for his fourth Games after taking gold in the men’s triple jump F12 four years ago, and also helped the Azerbaijani men’s 4x100m T11-13 relay team secure the bronze medal.
Compatriot Olokhan Musayev, a Beijing 2008 gold medallist, will look to bring home a medal in the field events after failing to reach the podium in London.
The Iraqi Paralympic Committee has announced it will send 14 athletes to compete at Rio 2016, two of whom are women.
Iraq will send six in athletics: Kovan Hasan Abdulraheem, Abbas Al-Darraji, Zahraa Afshawi, Wildan Nukhailawi, Garrah Nassar Tnaiash and Amed Ghani Naas.
Tnaiash took shot put F40 gold at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, and looks to replicate that performance in his first Paralympic Games. After finishing runner-up in the javelin throw four years ago, Naas will go for another try in Paralympic glory at Rio 2016.
Rasool Mohsin and Hasan Al-Tameemi will look to bring home medals in powerlifting.
Jawad Kadhim Ali Al-Musawi and Zaman Al-Saedi will pull out their bows for archery.
Aruba and Dominican Republic
Twenty-year-old swimmer Jesus de Marchena Acevedo will be Aruba’s sole representative.
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.
Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.