Paralympics makes cuts after slow ticket sales

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The Rio de Janeiro Paralympics will cut costs as ticket sales languish and organisers struggle for cash, but the Games will go ahead with all 22 sports as planned, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Friday.

Paralympic cycling champion Mark Colbourne has lamented the major cuts to the Rio Paralympic Games as "disappointing", as he expressed concern for the impact on the paralympic movement.

"These cuts are on top of the ones we, together with the International Olympic Committee, have already made in the last 12 months and are likely to impact almost every stakeholder attending the games", said Craven.

However, Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, has now secured an additional £36m of funding and £24m of sponsorship after an injunction, that was blocking further state aid for the Games, was lifted.

Now it has been confirmed that the Deodoro venue - which has hosted the rugby sevens, equestrian and part of the modern pentathlon during this month's Rio 2016 Olympics - will be dismantled and Paralympic events due to be held there moved.

Andrada declined to answer questions about Paralympic funding for several days, after event organizers - who in the lead-up to the Games emphasized their reliance on private financing - had requested hundreds of millions in Brazilian government money.

Due to Brazil's harsh economic circumstances and the low amount of ticket sales for the event (they only managed to sell 12%), these organizations failed to pay the travel grants to all of the participating countries that were due by the end of July.

The IPC says the workforce for the Paralympics will be downsized, transport services cut and media centers closed.

Craven did admit that 10 nations were now unable to afford to travel to Rio but promised to find a way to get them there.

'Currently we have around ten countries who, even if the grants are paid, may struggle to cover the cost of their travel to the Games. A familiar tune repeated through the World Cup in 2014 and going into the Olympic games at the beginning of August.

He added: "We are working desperately hard to protect athlete services, especially within the field of play".

Rio has less than three weeks to prepare for Paralympics, the pinnacle of the disability sport calendar where organizers hoped to build on progress made at the well-attended games in London four years ago.

Last night the British Paralympic Association said: 'London 2012 proudly showed the world what was possible and we want Rio to be the next stage of that positive journey.

'We want all eligible countries to send their athletes to the Games. "It's what the athletes deserve and it is what the athletes want after years of training and dedication".

"We are not anxious about getting Team Canada to Rio and back", Richard said.

Despite this, Sir Philip said he remains confident the Games will be a success and have the potential to act as a catalyst to positive social change in Brazil and Latin America.