Sport Week: Wheelchair fencing venue

Competitions can be watched at the new Youth Arena during the Rio 2016 Paralympics. 19 Jul 2016
Two wheelchair fencers cross swords in empty arena, some people watching from behind

The Deodoro Stadium and the Youth Arena were presented by Rio City Government in Deodoro Olympic Park, the second largest venue cluster.

ⒸEOM/Renato Sette Camara
By Mike Stuart | For the IPC

The new Youth Arena is located inside the Deodoro Olympic Park and will host wheelchair fencing competitions during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The venue is just off of Avenida Brasil, one of Rio de Janeiro’s busiest streets. Purpose-built for the Games, the Youth Area can hold 5,000 spectators, with 2,000 permanent seats installed.

You can reach the venue via the Magalhaes Bastos station, which is about a 20 minute walk (1,500m) to the entrance of the Olympic Park.

Magalhaes Bastos train and BRT stations are accessible. Departing from these stations there is an accessible auxiliary shuttle service available for the convenience of people in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility.

Before staging the Paralympic wheelchair fencing competitions, the venue will host the women’s Olympic group-stage basketball matches and the fencing element of the Olympic modern pentathlon.

Wheelchair fencing will take place 12-16 September, with medal events held on each day.

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