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Rio 2016 unveils Paralympic Torch

With the four Paralympic values inscribed on its side in Braille, the torch will spread the spirit of the Games across Brazil. The Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch has been unveiled. With a design that celebrates diversity and equality, the iconic symbol that will spread the spirit of the Games and the Paralympic values around Brazil… Read more »

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Rio 2016 Will Shine a Light on Brazil, says Tourism Minister

In “O Caminho da Tocha” or the “Path of the Torch”, written by Henrique Eduardo Alves and published in Folha de São Paulo, the Minister for Tourism recalls the thrill and emblematic images of the Olympic torch passing through British towns and cities ahead of the London Games in 2012. He goes on to say… Read more »

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Rio 2016 sells 240,000 tickets in eight hours

About 240,000 tickets were sold in the first eight hours of the latest Olympic ticketing phase, organisers said. The rush saw 120,000 tickets bought in the first hour, with football, basketball and volleyball attracting the highest demand, Xinhua quoted Globoesporte as saying on Tuesday. Globoesporte cited the information from the Rio 2016 organising committee. Some… Read more »

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Rio 2016, UN Environmental Programme launch ‘Green Passport’ website, app

The Olympic organising committee in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) launched a “Green Passport” on Thursday (October 15) to promote eco-tourism throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro during Games-time next year. The green passport is already up and running. It can be downloaded on the web or through a mobile phone… Read more »

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Olympics will change Brazil perception

The 2016 Rio Olympics will change the perception of Brazil, says the president of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Brazil is a country of the future – and always will be. So goes the long-standing joke. But the head honcho of the Olympics’ organising committee, Carlos Nuzman, reckons next year’s Games will not… Read more »

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Samba, cinema wrap up one-year to Rio 2016 party

The rhythm from the samba school Embaixadores da Alegria turned Parque dos Patins, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, into an impromptu block party on Monday (7 September), when the city celebrated one year until the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The lingering threat of rain did not keep the public away from the Celebra Cultural Arena, where… Read more »

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Tickets for Rio 2016 Paralympics to go on sale

Tickets for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will go on sale to residents of Brazil on 7 September – exactly one year until the Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Overseas fans, meanwhile, should contact the authorised ticket resellers (ATRs) in their territories. Rio 2016 will publish the list of confirmed ATRs on 7 September, and… Read more »