Exclusive: British Paralympic Association Welcome Extra Events at Rio 2016

July 31, 2013

The chairman of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) has welcomed the news that the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will feature more events and females athletes than London 2012.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced that there would be 177 track and field medal events in Rio, asthma which is seven more than last year’s Games in London.

These will be split between 95 for men and 82 for women which represents a 22% increase in events for women.

As well as welcoming the news, ed Tim Reddish (pictured), drugs chairman of the BPA urged the IPC to increase the total number of athletes at events.

Speaking exclusively to iSportconnect, Reddish said: “The Paralympic Games are developing rapidly and the success of the London Games played a major part in that.

“At its heart, the Paralympic movement is about inclusion, we therefore welcome the introduction of more medal events for females and encourage the IPC to increase the total number of athletes to ensure everyone eligible has the opportunity to compete at the Games, regardless of gender or impairment.”