Conclusion to the 2016 Rio Paralympics
The fifteenth annual summer Paralympics, a major multi-sport event governed by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] for disabled athletes, concluded on Sept. 18 in Rio de Janeiro.
This year, the People’s Republic of China won the most medals with a total of 247 [107 gold, 81 silver, and 51 bronze], and Great Britain came in second with 147 [64 gold, 39 silver, and 44 bronze.] The United States was ranked fourth with 115 medals, two less than Ukraine. They ended the Paralympics with 40 gold, 44 silver, and 31 bronze medals.
Many of the athletes who were bestowed with one of these medals could be seen shaking them next to their ears; on Facebook, it was explained that for the first time, pellets were placed inside each award. Gold medals contained 28 pellets, silver 20 pellets, and bronze 18. The intent was to supply a sensory experience for those athletes that are visually impaired.
There has been some controversy over the coverage of the games. NBC received the contract this year to broadcast both the Olympics and Paralympics. 6,755 hours of footage was publicly shown of the Olympics, while NBC and NBCSN together only broadcast 66 hours of the Paralympics. Even if this is a discrepancy of almost 6,700 hours, that is still 60.5 hours more than the coverage for the 2014 London Paralympics.