Two weeks after the end of the Olympic Games 2016, the Paralympics were declared open.
For starters, I think it's a shame they need to have seperate games. Why not have one Olympic event, where both 'healthy' and people with a handicap can compete? Don't these athletes deserve as much respect as the others?
Going to the Olympic Games is always an honor. But especially so for those who had to overcome lots and worked so much harder to reach this goal!
When we take an athlete like Marieke Vervoort, you have to know this lady is fighting against death and still wants to take her last golden metal in Rio. I do so admire her for that.
During the last games in London, also the Paralympics games drew lots of public. In Rio, however, these atlhetes will have to compete for only a few spectators. A real shame.