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Opening ceremony kicks off Paralympic Games in spectacular style


Whether it was a lack of ticket sales, the closing of venues or several teams lacking the funding to send athletes to Rio, it seemed there were no end of obstacles standing in the way of organizers.

“Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this,” International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven told reporters at the time.

The show must go on, but it would be unwise to pretend all is now well. The slightest mention of the Brazilian government from Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of the Rio Organizing Committee, drew loud and extended boos from the Maracana crowd, forcing him to stop mid-speech for several minutes.

Following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s new president Michel Temer had the honor of officially declaring the Games open, but was forced to do so with a remarkably short speech so as not to draw more…



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