A fifth of 1.6 million tickets for Rio Paralympics

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:52 GMT, Sep 7, 2016 |

A fifth of the 1.6 million tickets already sold for the 2016 Summer Paralympics, in which the opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are now in foreign tourists hands, according to officials.

Embatur, the Brazil Tourism Board, reported that 300,000 of the total tickets sold until last Sunday were acquired by foreigners, mostly from the US, Germany, Britain, Japan, and France.

The Paralympic flame was already lighted on Tuesday at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the Paralympics Games start. Vinicius Lummertz, the Brazilian Tourism Board head, said that tourism will grow in the coming years in Brazil due to the extensive coverage that the international press gave to the Olympic Games and are expected to give to the Paralympics.

According to the latest figures from the Organising Committee, 1.6 million tickets to the Paralympics, or 64 per cent of the 2.5 million tickets available to the public, have been sold until now.