French and Swiss Rio 2016 delegations announced

A total of 126 French and 21 Swiss athletes will compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 24 Jul 2016
Stephane Houdet

France's Stephane Houdet won silver in singles at London 2012 Paralympic Games.

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By France and Switzerland Paralympic Committees

France has named 126 athletes who will compete in 17 sports at Rio 2016, whilst Switzerland announced 21 athletes who will take part in seven sports.

For France, all eyes will be on Marie-Amélie Le Fur, who aims to retain her 100m T44 title from London 2012.

Current men’s wheelchair tennis world No.1 Stephane Houdet is hoping to win his first singles gold at Rio 2016. His teammate and Beijing 2008 doubles champion Michael Jeremiasz will carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony.

“It is a real honour and I am immensely happy to be able to lead the French delegation in my fourth and last Paralympic Games in Rio,” said Jeremiasz.

Switzerland seek to win Paralympic gold through Marcel Hug, who aims to improve on his silver medals in the 800m T54 and the marathon T54 from London 2012.

Three-time athletics Paralympic medallist Manuela Schaer is also targeting the Rio 2016 podium for the Swiss, hoping to win her first Paralympic title.

Cyclist Heinz Frei will be making his fifteenth appearance at Paralympic Summer and Winter Games, hoping to defend the gold medal he won in the men’s time trial H2 four years ago, in London.

Switzerland’s full delegation is available on the Swiss Paralympic Committee’s website.

France’s full delegation can be found online.


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

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.