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Rio Paralympics end with music – and relief

Sep 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The famous Maracana football stadium was packed with the Paralympians themselves seated across the field as proceedings kicked off with fireworks

Athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:08 PM

At the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro s Maracana football stadium Brazilian officials ware officially to hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

LAST DAY. The Rio Paralympics comes to a close. Seen in the photo is Michelle Stilwell of Canada celebrating after winning the 100M T52 wheelchair race. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Rio Paralympics: 5 highlights to remember

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:27 PM

From victories to controversy here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America

Marlou Van Rhijn (NED) celebrates victory in the Women's 100m category - T44 - at Engenhao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 17, 2016. TASSO MARCELO/AFP

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Meeting about 30 young judo students in rough edged Rocinha is a distinct reality check for the French

EYE-OPENER. Paralympic French athlete Sandrini Martinet (R) is pictured during a visit by French athletes to the Reaction Institute, created by Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist, judoka Flavio Canto, in 2003 at the Favela da Rocinha shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 16, 2016. The Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education. TASSO MARCELO / AFP

Paralympian Josephine Medina to get P1M under new law

Sep 14, 2016 - 12:38 PM

This is truly one of the noblest intentions of the law – to include our winning athletes with disabilities in the grant of cash awards from the government says Senator Sonny Angara author of the new athletes incentives law

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from ITTF.com

Paralympics: Reprimand for new protest by Ethiopian runner

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The International Paralympic Committee sternly rebukes Tamiru Demisse 22 for making a political statement at the Games

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse (C) reacts after the final of men's 1500 m (T13) of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 11, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

PH Paralympian bags table tennis bronze, ends 16-year medal drought

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Josephine Medina defeats Germany s Juliane Wolf for the Philippines first Paralympic medal since 2000

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from ITTF.com

Belgian Paralympian considering euthanasia for unbearable pain

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:01 PM

When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days then I have my euthanasia papers says silver medalist Marieke Vervoort

RISING ABOVE THE PAIN. The 37-year-old has suffered from a degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep since the age 14. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

'Blind Messi' sees Paralympic gold for Argentina

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Blind since birth Silvio Velo has led his team to virtually every other conquest and sets his target on Paralympic gold next

BLIND MESSI. Argentina's Silvio Velo (R) hasn't allowed his blindness prevent him from enjoying the Beautiful Game. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

Olympics: Meet Rio 2016's mascots

Nov 25, 2014 - 8:40 AM

It remains only for the public to decide on a name choosing from a range of options after the mascots were officially unveiled on Monday

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots. Photo courtesy Mathilde Molla/Rio 2016