By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Against seemingly all odds, including political instability, a deep recession, and the tragic death of one of the Paralympic athletes on the event’s penultimate day, last night (September 18th) at Maracanã Stadium, the Rio 2016 Paralympics came to a successful conclusion with a spectacular celebration of Brazilian music and dance featuring the biggest performers that the country has to offer.

“Mission accomplished…Brazilians never give up!” Rio 2016 President, Carlos Arthur Nuzman exclaimed during the ceremony. Nuzman’s proclamation signaled a far cry from where things stood just several weeks . . .

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