Paralympic history showcased at the Spaceship of Knowledge at the Olympic Stadium

The venue for Para athletics during the Rio 2016 Paralympics features an Olympic and Paralympic City Museum. 17 Sep 2016
Inside the Museu Cidade Olímpica e Paralímpica

Inside the Museu Cidade Olímpica e Paralímpica

ⒸCicero Rodrigues

Proud Paralympians Arly Velasquez of Mexcio and Samanta Bullock of Brazil attended the new Spaceship of Knowledge and Olympic and Paralympic City Museum located at the Olympic Stadium for Athletics on Friday (17 September) to talk about Paralympics past and present.

The athletes spoke virtually to four other Spaceship of Knowledge centres and museums located throughout Rio.

The museum at the Olympic Stadium opened in July and is a tangible legacy of the Rio 2016 Games. It educates children about the Olympics and Paralympics and features Paralympic memorabilia including a bust of Sir Ludwig Guttmann who founded the movement that led to the Paralympics after the Second World War.

The museum has many interactive stations for children and adults to experience the history, values and sports of both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Velasquez competed in alpine skiing for Mexico at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. Bullock represented Brazil in wheelchair tennis. In Rio, the two have been part of the Proud Paralympian program. It assists athletes on and off the field of play while promoting Paralympic values and a more inclusive society.

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