IPC sends its condolences to family of Flavio Machado

Key figure behind Rio 2016 passed away on Saturday 30 Oct 2017
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Flavio Machado (L) was the man behind the iconic opening ceremony of Rio 2016

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), led by President Andrew Parsons, has sent its condolences to the family of Flavio Machado, executive producer of the iconic Rio 2016 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Machado was Vice-president of the consortium Cerominas Cariocas 2016 appointed by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for live ceremonies and major events at Rio 2016. He was also one of the responsible for the Paralympic and Olympic Torch Relays.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “On behalf of the IPC, I would like to send our condolences to Flavio’s family following his sad passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

“Flavio Machado worked really hard with his team to deliver arguably the best Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony ever at Rio 2016. I had the opportunity to follow the project from very close and I witnessed his passion and commitment for the Paralympic Movement.”

Machado passed away on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was 41 years old.

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