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Published: Sun, September 25, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rio judge seizes assets of official Olympic broadcaster


For the second time in less than a month the Maracana was lit up by a stunning fireworks display as Rio bid farewell to the 2016 Paralympic Games with a spectacular closing ceremony.

Among the first performers was Jonathan Bastos, a Brazilian who was born without arms but has became an accomplished musician, playing instruments with his feet.

South Korea was represented by 139 athletes and officials in 11 of 23 sports at the September 7-18 Rio Paralympics.

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: "As shown with its outstanding coverage of Rio 2016, Channel 4 continues to set the global benchmark for how Paralympic sport should be covered by a broadcaster".

Flags have also been lowered around the Paralympic village.

Investigators that moved the suit claim that OBS has to pay damages to overworked employees of its operations at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games, which ended on Sunday.

But the glittering celebration - at one point featuring an unscripted conga line of dancing athletes - paused for a minute's silence to remember the fatal crash of an Iranian cyclist on Saturday.

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham said: "Over the last two weeks, Channel 4 has engaged millions of British viewers with the awe-inspiring feats of elite athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games". They were eighth, with 14 gold, 29 silver and 29 bronze for a total of 72 medals.

As Craven declared the Games over - with Tokyo now taking up the baton for 2020 - he said Brazil had passed a hard test.

Craven warned earlier Sunday that "major change" will be needed from Russian Federation to be allowed back into Paralympic competition.

As per tradition, the Olympic flag was symbolically handed over to the next host nation, Tokyo, which will stage the 2020 Games. They captured 107 golds and 239 medals overall in South America, followed by Great Britain (64 golds) and Ukraine (41 golds).

The Rio Paralympic Games were the centrepiece of Channel 4's 2016 Year of Disability - launched in January as part of the channel's ongoing 360º Diversity Charter commitments - which includes major on and off screen commitments to improving representation of people with an impairment.

The events, which will take place on October 17 and October 18 respectively, will celebrate the achievements of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes who landed a total of 91 gold medals between them.

Ukraine finished third with 117 medals, while the USA (115) and Australia (81) rounded out the top five.

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