USA and Australia add athletes to Paralympic teams

Australia received nine extra spots, whilst 22 athletes were added to USA’s team at September’s Paralympic Games. 29 Aug 2016
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By US Paralympics and Australian Paralympic Committee

U.S. Paralympics announced that 22 athletes have been added to the record 289-member Rio 2016 team, whilst Australia received nine extra spots for September’s Games.

These last-minute selections follow on from the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to dismiss an appeal by the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) against its suspension from Rio 2016 by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Therefore, the 267 slots previously held by the RPC were redistributed.

In addition to the 22 new US athletes joining the team, track and field athlete Cassie Mitchell was awarded a slot in swimming and will compete in both sports in Rio.

Australia women’s goalball team, wheelchair tennis player Sarah Calati and track and field athletes Jesse Wyatt and Tamsin Colley will join the delegation in Rio, bringing the total number of selected athletes to 178.

Information about Australia’s team is available online.

Information about US’ team 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.