Paralympic Games
7-18 September

Hosts Brazil announce delegation for Rio 2016

A record 278-strong delegation will represent the host country at September’s Paralympic Games. 20 Jul 2016
Boccia - Dirceu Jose Pinto and Eliseu Dos Santos

Brazil's Dirceu Jose Pinto and Eliseu Dos Santos celebrate winning gold in mixed pairs boccia at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

By Brazilian Paralympic Committee

Multi-Paralympic and world champions will headline hosts Brazil’s 278-strong delegation at Rio 2016, between 7-18 September.

It will be the biggest delegation the South American country has ever taken to a Paralympic Games, being also the first time Brazil will compete in every sport in the Paralympic programme.

Terezinha Guilhermina, one of the fastest female Paralympians in the planet, aims to repeat her London 2012 double-gold medal performance.

As well as Guilhermina, Brazil medal hopes rest with boccia players Dirceu Jose Pinto and Eliseu Dos Santos, and judoka Antonio Tenorio, who will be looking to win a fifth Paralympic gold.

Brazil will also be hoping multiple Paralympic swimming champions Daniel Dias and Andre Brasil can add many medals to the tally, whilst the hosts’ football 5-a-side team seeks to maintain a 100 per cent record at Paralympic Games.

The men’s goalball team aims to build on its 2014 World Championships title and claim its first Paralympic gold, whilst Jan Francisco Brito Da Costa, one of the world’s top players, will be leading Brazil in football 7-a-side.

Others to look out for are track and field athletes Veronica Hipolito and Yohansson do Nascimento, swimmer Clodoaldo Silva and wheelchair tennis player Natalia Mayada.

Brazil aim to achieve a record number of medals and a top-five finish in the Rio 2016 medal tally, after finishing seventh at London 2012 with 21 golds, 14 silvers and eight bronzes.

“This is a very important moment for the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB),” said CPB President and IPC Vice President Andrew Parsons.

“It will be the biggest and best Brazilian Paralympic delegation ever. We are very proud for being the host country and competing in every of the 22 sports in the programme, and are eager to arrive at the Athletes Village.”

Brazil’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.

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