The Rio de Janeiro Paralympics open today and Google has released a new Doodle to celebrate. “The Doodle highlights the incredible feats of athleticism the participants will demonstrate in Rio. They’ll go for gold during a year of firsts: Rio, the first Latin American city to host the Paralympics, will debut canoeing and paratriathlon among the more than 500 existing events,” Google said in a statement. The statement further read “What started as a small gathering of British WWII veterans in 1948 has bloomed into the world’s largest sporting event for athletes with physical disabilities, drawing 4,500 athletes from 176 countries worldwide.”
Participants will compete in more than 500 events despite a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired range of movement, vision impairment and intellectual impairment, among others. But perhaps the greatest obstacle participants will have to overcome is a significant lack of financing for the Games due to slow ticket and sponsorship sales. Rio de Janeiro is the first Latin American city to host the Paralympics. The games will take place from September 7 to September 18 and can be live streamed on the official Rio 2016 Paralympics website.