Rio Paralympics end with music, relief

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio said farewell to the 2016 Paralympics Sunday (Monday in Manila) in a closing ceremony showcasing Brazil’s passion for music and celebrating what many consider to have been a surprisingly successful Games. Among the first performers was Jonathan Bastos, a Brazilian who was born without arms but has became an accomplished musician, playing the guitar with his feet. Then it was Ricardinho, star of Brazil’s gold medal winning five-a-side Paralympic football team, who brought out the national flag. But the glittering celebration— at one point featuring an unscripted conga line of dancing athletes— paused for a minute’s silence to remember the fatal crash of an Iranian cyclist on Saturday. Bahman Golbarnezhad’s death during the road race left the Paralympic movement “united in grief,” Philip Craven, the International Paralympic Committee president, said in a speech.

AFP

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