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 both multi-sport events and Paralympic sporting events. 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.
One city will be selected in each of the five Regions of Brazil (the North, Northeast, Center-West, Southeast and South) and each city will have its own relay that will end with a special Paralympic cauldron being lit. Meanwhile, another flame will be lit in Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom and then all six flames will be sent to Rio, where they will combine to form the Paralympic flame at 5 September.
This will be carried around Rio over two days (6 and 7 September), ending with the lighting of the Paralympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Games at the Maracanã Stadium.
The official mascots of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on November 24, 2014; the Paralympic mascot represents Brazilian flora, and "is always growing and overcoming obstacles." The mascots' fictional backstories state that they were both born the joy of Brazilians after it was announced that Rio would host the Games. Brand director Beth Lula stated that the mascots are intended to reflect the diversity of Brazil's culture and people. The names of the mascots were determined by a public vote, whose results were unveiled on December 14, 2014, on the Rede Globo's Sunday primetime show Fantástico; the shortlist of names for the Paralympic mascot name winner is "Tom",named after Brazilian music Tom Jobim.
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.