Paralympic Games
7-18 September

Amazing scenes from the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony

Rio got the party started in spectacular style on Wednesday (7 September) with an Opening Ceremony celebrating the transformative power of the Paralympics.

The city’s iconic Maracana stadium was turned into a sea of light and colour and reverberated to Samba beats during a Ceremony that lived up to its promise to surprise, provoke and celebrate – all with a Brazilian twist.

The Rio Games – the first ever hosted in Latin America – will see athletes from 160 teams compete in 528 medal events across 22 sports in 10 days of exciting competition.