Rio Paralympics facing budget cuts, facility closures

    Paralympic ticket sales were hot in London in 2012. But demand has cooled in 2016.

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    • Rio Paralympics facing budget cuts
    • Games due to begin on September 7
    • Reports say ticket sales extremely slow

    (CNN)The 2016 Paralympics in Rio is facing unparalleled challenges, budget cuts and the unexpected closure of facilities but will go ahead as planned, the International Paralympic Committee said Friday.

    Reports earlier this week revealed that the September 7-18 event was suffering from major cash shortfalls due to woeful ticket sales and lack of sponsors.
      Now it has been confirmed the workforce which has been in place over the past two weeks of Olympic action in Rio will be reduced for the Paralympics in an attempt to cut costs while a number of media centers will be closed.
      The wheelchair fencing event will also be moved to the Barra Olympic Park so the Deodora Park, where it was originally due to be held, can begin to be dismantled.