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Rio impresses NZ Paralympic team Chef de Mission

Paralympics New Zealand’s (PNZ) Rio 2016 Chef de Mission Ben Lucas, declared he is impressed by the progress made toward staging the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games after visiting the city for the first National Paralympic Committee Open Day in the history of the Paralympic Movement.


Lucas joined more than 40 delegates from 17 countries spanning the five continents and spent two days in Rio last week being updated on the project by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and visiting competition sites across the city.

Ben Lucas was comforted by the wealth of experience in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Organising Committee with many of the team having worked at the London 2012 Games and some also involved with the Beijing 2008 Games.

The visit also provided Lucas with an opportunity to provide feedback on the needs of New Zealand athletes. This will be taken into account as the Organising Committee fine tune services to National Paralympic Committees such as PNZ and their athletes.

Ben Lucas (Rio 2016 Chef de Mission) said “I left assured that Rio is on track to deliver a great Games in 2016. I was particularly impressed with the Paralympic Village which will have its own distinct atmosphere and accessible facilities.” He continues, “Construction concerns have decreased as we saw evidence of progress across the sporting venues as well as transport infrastructure.”

Lucas is excited that the Games will be a unique event that reflects the culture of Rio de Janiero, Brazil and the South American continent.

PNZ and Ben Lucas will continue to monitor progress as we move towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games start date.