Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the beginning of Paralympic Games 2016

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the beginning of Paralympic Games 2016

After a successful stint with the Rio Olympics, in which the Google Doodle team ran a spunky game of their own, the guys have come up with yet another doodle for the Paralympic Games 2016 that begins today, (Wednesday, September 7). The search engine welcomes users with an animated doodle commemorating the games for specially abled athletes.

The 15th Summer Paralympics to be concluded on September 18 are taking place in Rio de Janeiro, where the Summer Olympics were held. The event that’s held in the same year as Olympics every year since 1966 is the biggest sports event for athletes with disabilities and this year, welcomes over 4,000 of them from 161 countries.

The Indian contingent has 19 athletes to Rio for the Paralympics under various categories out of the 10 that include impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. Of the 500 events organised, Indian athletes will participate in events such as club throw, javelin throw, high jump, shot put, powerlifting, etc.

The event was originally designed for British World War II veterans in 1948 and has now become one of the very few events for disabled athletes to look forward to.

“Today’s Doodle celebrates the opening of the 2016 Summer Paralympics and highlights the incredible feats of athleticism the participants will demonstrate in Rio,” Google said in a statement.

However, according to the Associated Press, this time, Paralympics is facing issues in terms of financing because of low ticket sales and decrease in sponsorship.

“This is the worst situation that we’ve ever found ourselves in at Paralympic movement. We were aware of difficulties, but we weren’t aware it was as critical as this,” International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven told the Associated Press.

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