Rio de Janeiro was the first city to ever host both the Pan American Games and Parapan American Games in the same year; its organization of the two events in 2007 helped provide the city experience hosting multi-sport events—and sporting events for the disabled. Andrew Parsons, president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, remarked that the organizing teams responsible for the Olympics and Paralympics were maintaining a good relationship and "speaking the same language" in relation to their organizational duties. Parsons praised how well-organized the 2012 Summer Paralympics were, and felt that his team had learned lessons from London that could be applied in Rio.
Map of Rio de Janeiro showing the competition venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
As in past years, the 2016 Summer Paralympics will share most of its venues with the Olympics.Barra da Tijuca will host most of the venues of the Games; the rest will be located in Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro; Barra da Tijuca will also house the Olympic Village.
In the United Kingdom, Channel 4, who debuted as a Paralympic broadcaster in London to wide acclaim, will broadcast the 2016 Summer Paralympics, promising 500 hours of coverage.
Following criticism of its minimal coverage of past Paralympics (in London, it broadcast only five-and-a-half hours of highlights), NBC acquired the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Paralympics in September 2013. NBC has planned more extensive coverage for both games, initially announcing that NBC and NBCSN would carry at least 66 hours of coverage from Rio.