Google celebrates opening of Paralympics 2016 with doodle


Runner Tamsin Colley will turn 14 during the Paralympics, making her the youngest athlete on Australia's team. Morelli has won six medals at the World Championships, with four golds.

Athletes from Russian Federation failed with attempts to overturn at that verdict, which IPC president Philip Craven said was made "in the best interests of the Paralympic Movement".

In a fine gesture, the Sports Ministry announced that medallists from the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will be given cash awards at par with the medal winners of last month's Olympic Games.

Nio, who chose to skip Wednesday's Paralympics opening ceremony to raise the issue in India, said the country did not understand the importance of covering the Paralympics well. It has a very strong history of Olympic wins.

Fijian athletes to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will have Government's backing through the presence of Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana.

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The para-equestrian star will lead out his fellow competitors as one of Great Britain's most decorated Paralympians.

The British Paralympic Association confirmed it had been among those forced to clean athletes' rooms themselves, while Liam Harbison, of Paralympics Ireland, labelled the rooms "dusty and grimy" adding: "To get it clean as we expect, we had to do it ourselves".

Team GB enjoyed a record medal haul at the Rio Olympics, including 27 golds among 67 podium finishes, and will be hoping to replicate some of that success over the next couple of weeks.

However, things have certainly picked up since then, with a reported 1.5 million tickets - about 60% - now sold and expected to keep selling right up until the Games begin. "It inspires because it proves that it can be done", said Petitclerc, who was injured as a young girl when a barn door fell and crushed her spine.

"And all the little hiccups, athletes are feeling good, they don't care if the painting is flawless on the wall". Athletes gained unique experience at a high-pressure worldwide multi-sport competition, and achieved a top-two finish for Canada and a record medal count, with Ontario athletes contributing to close to half.