• Brazil eyes Paralympic big time in 2016


    RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil may be struggling on the football field and not exactly first rank in most Olympic sports, but one year before it becomes the first South American country to host the Summer Games, it is emerging as one to watch in the Paralympics. Brazil finished in seventh place in the London 2012 games and now hopes to break into the Top Five when Rio de Janeiro holds the Paralympics, starting on September 7, 2016. The Paralympics sector in Brazil is unusually well funded because of a 2001 law which gives two percent of lottery proceeds — rising to 2.7 percent next year — to the Olympic and Paralympic committees.



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