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The Paralympic Village of Rio opened its doors!

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Village opened its doors to the world's best Para athletes. In total, around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio. Supporting these athletes will be about 3,000 team officials, many of whom will also be staying in the village, alongside referees, judges and other sports personnel.

The village is located in Barra da Tijuca in western Rio, near Barra Olympic Park. Today, about 2,500 people will be settling into their new homes – plus a few guide dogs for visually impaired athletes. In the days since the ending of the Olympic Games on 21 August, a series of changes have been made to the village to adapt the huge complex to the needs of Paralympian athletes. In total, more than 9,000 people, including 2,000 volunteers, will be working at the village for the duration of the Paralympic Games.

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