[quote=Associated Press]Rio has less than three weeks to prepare for Paralympics, the pinnacle of the disability sport calendar where organizers hoped to build on progress made at the well-attended games in London four years ago. But Rio organizers have reported sales of just over 290,000 tickets for the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics.
“At this point, it is difficult for us to expect the full venues that we saw in Beijing or London, or expect to see in Tokyo in four years’ time,” International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said Friday.
The IPC said it has already sought to reduce costs over the last year and the new, deeper “major budget cuts” will affect every team and visitors to the games.
“Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this,” Craven said. “Since becoming aware of the full scale of the problem, we have focused all of our efforts on finding solutions to the problems.”
This is sad. With the promise of expanded television coverage, I thought the Paralympics were about to become well-established in the public mind.