Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay visits São Paulo this Sunday

  • Flame will be lit in a ceremony at the Paralympic Training Centre at 11:00AM
  • São Paulo is the fourth of six cities to welcome the Paralympic torch relay, which proceeds to Joinville and Rio de Janeiro
  • Free cultural attractions at Ibirapuera park with several artists with disabilities will be the highlight of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch’s visit to the city

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay arrives this Sunday, September 4th, at the Southeast. São Paulo is the travel destination of the Paralympic flame. The relay will take place starting from September 1st at all of the country’s regions, represented by six Brazilian cities, to announce the arrival of the Rio 2016 Games. The Paralympic values will be remembered at each city. The great novelty of the Paralympic flame is the lighting mechanism: human heat. In a virtual campaign released by the Rio 2016 Committee, people from the whole world will be able to send positive messages, through the hashtag #ParalympicFlame, gathering enough energy to light up each flame.

  • The São Paulo flame will be lit in a ceremony at the Paralympic Training Centre at 11:00AM. The flame at the São Paulo state capital will symbolize the power of transformation, bringing in mind that sport and strength of will can change lives, a reality which is very present at the stories of Paralympic athletes’ lives.
  • João Betim will be the messenger of the value of transformation. He is president of the São Paulo Paraplegics Club (CPSP), one of the institutions which preceded Paralympic sport in Brazil. CPSP promotes several sports activities for people with disabilities at Clube Escola Mané Garrinhca, attached to the Olympic Centre of Ibirapuera. João became paraplegic in 1984, after suffering a car accident. Ten years after the accident, Bentim started to attend the CPSP.
  • After being lit, the Paralympic flame will go through the Ibirapuera Olympic Centre. Twenty-two torchbearers will take the flame to the instalments of this recently inaugurated setting. - The Paralympic flame then proceeds to a series of visits to institutions. It will pass by CEU Caminho do Mar, Dorina Nowill Institution for the Blind, Apae São Paulo and AACD.
  • At Paulista Av., one of the cities’ foremost post cards, the public can watch the Paralympic flame from nearby. Starting from 1:20PM, the relay will start the course of 5km between Praça do Ciclista (square) and the Ana Rosa subway station.
  • The highlight of the Paralympic Torch Relay in São Paulo will be Ibirapuera Park. Around 4:30PM, the flame will go through streets in the region until arriving at República do Libano Av. Coming in from Gate 10, the relay starts its course inside the park. - The São Paulo municipal government, by means of the Municipal Secretariat of People with Disabilities, invited artists to perform at the park in the Festival de Cultura Inclusiva (“Festival of Inclusive Culture”). Attractions start from 2:00PM and there will be an exhibition of adaptive capoeira, dancing on wheelchairs, ballet of the sight disabled by Cia Fernanda Bianchinni, theatre, flash mob and a performance by Banda do Silêncio (band), formed by students with hearing and sight disabilities from the municipal schools.
  • The celebration ceremony will take place in front of the Afro Brasil Museum, at 6:00PM. In an action by Nissan, one of the official sponsors of the Paralympic Torch Relay, the percussion group Patubatê unites with maestro João Carlos Martins and the Camerata Bachiana of São Paulo to welcome the Paralympic flame with music and arrangements created for the event. At the shows, the musicians will play, besides traditional musical instruments, some created by Patubatê with pieces of the Nissan Kicks, official car from the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • On Monday, September 6th, the Paralympic Torch Relay proceeds to Joinville (SC).

Schedule in São Paulo

11:00AM – Arrival and lighting of the flame at the Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre (Rodovia dos Imigrantes, km 11.5 – Vila Guarani, Jabaquara).

11:40AM – The relay visits CEU Caminho do Mar (Engeheiro Armando de Arruda Pereira Av., 5241 – Vila do Encontro).

1:20PM – The relay arrives at Paulista Av. (Praça do Cicilsta until Ana Rosa subway station).

2:05PM until 4:30OM – The Paralympic flame passes by Dorina Nowill Foundation, AACD and Apae São Paulo.

4:35PM – Torch relay in the streets nearby Ibirapuera Park.

5:15PM – Torch’s entrance at Ibirapuera Park and relay in the inner part of the Afro Brasil Museum.

6:00PM – Celebration ceremony in São Paulo with a performance by the Orchestra Bachiana and maestro João Carlos Martins (Ibirapuera Park in front of the Afro Brasil Museum).

Between 2:00PM and 5:00PM: Festival Cultura Inclusivo Ibirapuera Park in front of the Afro Brasil Museum).

Time schedule – Festival Cultural Inclusivo

2:00PM – Inclusive Percussion Group – NURAP

2:25PM – Adaptive Capoeira Grupo de Mães de Jovens Especiais – GMJE

2:40PM – Bolero – Artistic Company of the São Paulo Apae

3:10PM – Flash Mob MAMMA MIA/ Looking at the stars – Dorina Nowill and Fernanda Bianchinni Ballet Ensemble

3:25PM – Dance Spectacle – Movimentarte Institute

3:40PM – Meu Samba É Assim – Arte Sem Barreiras Dance Ensemble from the Paraplegics Club of São Paulo

3:55PM – Wheelchair dancing – Solidariedança

4:10PM – Giovanna Maira – lyrical singer

4:30PM – Música do Silêncio Band – Music Project with the Deaf and Mute Numbers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay in São Paulo 102 torchbearers 13.88km travelled by torchbearers 53.35km travelled in total

Numbers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay in São Paulo

102 torchbearers 13.88km travelled by torchbearers

53.35km travelled in total

Check out some of the day’s torchbearers:

Carlos Jorge Wildhagen Rodrigues – he is only one of the deaf and blind people who came to São Paulo. He is 55 years old and is married to Claudia Sofia, also deaf and blind. He has achieved 26 medals in amateur swimming competitions. He was born with Usher syndrome, and lost his hearing due to this disease. At 51 years old he completely lost his sight, communicating via tactile libras (Brazilian language sign, read in the hand’s palm). He loves the feeling of the wet body upon swimming, as well as the calm and relaxation which the sport transmits.

Marta de Almeida Machado - More known as Martinha, she is 52 years old and possesses physical degenerating disease. She has worked for the São Pauli municipal government for more than 20 years and acts on projects of social inclusion at the Municipal Secretariat for People with Disabilities. She has been in love with equestrianism since 1990, when, by a doctor’s recommendation, she started to do hippotherapy treatment. She has practiced rural equestrianism and still trains Olympic dressage. Marta believes that sport is one of the best ways of integration and interaction between people.

Raquel Amaral – She is 33 years old and is in love with sports and the life quality that physical activities can proportionate. She lost her hearing will still little, but that didn’t get in the way of her starting her sports life. At 5 years old she practiced ballet, afterwards trying swimming, football, roller skates, and never stopped. For four years, Raquel has been training triathlon and she finds very hard to choose her favourite modality between running, swimming and cycling. By the regulation of the Paralympic Games, people with hearing disabilities can’t participate at triathlon competitions, but she competes at national competitions for athletes without disabilities.

Felippe Vieira dos Reis – He is 24 years old and has Down syndrome. Despite being young, he is already an example for thousands of judo athletes. He started on this sport aged 7, influenced by a friend of the family. He acquired so much taste for the activity that he became a black belt. Furthermore, he has achieved the bronze medal twice in Ravenna, Itália, in 2014 and 2016, a gold medal at the international championship which took place in Holland, 2015, and was summoned as backing athlete for the Special Olympics last year. Today, Felippe trains judo every day, and believes that the sport helps in his life quality, safeness, inclusion and most of all, self-esteem.

Karen Ribeiro – She is 40 years old and is a ballet teacher. She took the opportunity of her own life experience to change other people’s lives. She was born with a congenital problem and has one leg bigger than the other, which theoretically would prevent her from dancing, but against all expectations, she is currently one of the best ballerinas in Brazil. She set up a school where she teacher women of all kinds to accomplish their dream, to overcome prejudices and to trust themselves. She carries the torch invited by Bradesco.

José Martins – He is the example of the Brazilian who, even with all the hardships life imposed, knew how to face them with determination and good humour. He was born without both legs and one arm, but is the owner of a brain and charisma which took him far. He became creative director of great advertisement agencies of the country, being responsible for campaigns which entered the Brazilian people’s culture. Besides that, he also carries his good humour around, spreading it to everybody at his stand-up comedy shows.

José Hipólito – Father of Paralympic athlete Verônica Hipólito and regarded as the responsible for his daughter’s initiation at athletics.

Mizael de Oliveira - a former football 5-a-side athlete, elected as the best player in the world of the modality in 1998, Paralympic bi-champion and world bi-champion. Currently, he is vice-president and general secretary of the CPB, having been a member of several organizations who fight for people with disabilities, such as ONCB, ULAC, UMC and IPC. Ivan Freitas – Also a former football 5-a-side athlete, he was world champion of the modality. First blind teacher graduated in Physical Education in the state of São Paulo.

Fabiana Sugimori – Born prematurely, with 6 months and a half, Fabiana lost her sight while still in the incubator. She started to practice swimming in childhood and participated at the Paralympic Games for the first time at Atlanta 1996. In the following edition, at Sydney 2000, she would start her conquests. Fabiana also earned several medals at Parapan American Games between 1999 and 2007.

Danilo Glasser – A member of the Brazilian national team between 1998 and 2009, Danilo also participated at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. He achieved 12 medals at Parapan Games throughout his career- nine of them gold – and seven medals at world championships. Currently, he works as a coach. The swimming athlete had a femur infection, which left his left leg much shorter than the right one.

Luis Claudio Pereira – To this day, he is one of the biggest names of Brazilian Paralympic sports. For a long time he was the recordist in total number of medals earned. Throughout his victorious career, he rose to the highest place in the podium six times. Besides that, he got silver in three other opportunities. Luiz Claudio was three times champion of shot put at the 1984 Stoke Mandeville Games, Seoul 1988 and Barcelona 1992. On dart and disk throw, he was bi-champion in 1984 and 1988. Currently, he is the 4th Brazilian athlete with most medals at Paralympic Games, staying behind only of swimming athletes Daniel Dias, André Brasil and Clodoaldo Silva. After retiring from the tracks, he was vice-president of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. He became paraplegic aged 16, during a judo fight.

Sebastião Antônio da Costa Neto – having brain paralysis, ‘Tião’ is a lawyer and former Paralympic athlete. He entered Paralympic sports in 1988 at the Seoul Paralympic Games, where he achieved his first bronze medal. The second came in Barcelona 1992.

José Afonso Medeiros – In Atlanta 1996, José Afonso Medeiros, more known as ‘Caco’, was the only Brazilian swimming athlete to achieve a gold medal at Paralympic Games – the other athlete to rise to the top of the podium that year was Antônio Tenório, from judo. This native of Curitiba also earned two silver medals and two bronze medals at the Rio 2007 Parapan Games. Currently he is part of the Athletes Council of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB).

Rui Marques – he helped funding the São Paulo Wheelchair Basketball Association (FPBSR). Due to his actions, the Association to this day allows countless people with disabilities to practice this modality, starting their athlete careers. Many of them start on the base championships of FPBSR and get to the national team. He is a torchbearer invited by Nissan.

Ney da Cunha – musician, arranger and musical producer, winner of two Latin Grammys, two Brazilian Music awards, best soundtrack at the L.A. Cinema Festival. In partnership with maestro João Carlos Martins, he composed the song Rhaimischimbilim, chosen as the best composition of the year of 2015 by the Cata Vento project of TV Cultura. He has worked as a maestro since 2002, collaborating with the musical centres of Paraísopolis and Mogi, in social projects and meetings of the orchestra with great Brazilian and international artists. He is torchbearer invited by Nissan.

About the Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay

Between September 1st and 7th, the Paralympic torch relay will travel through all of the country’s regions, represented by six Brazilian cities, to announce the arrival of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The great novelty of the Paralympic flame is the lighting-up mechanism: human heat. On a virtual campaign launched by the Rio 2016 Committee, people from all over the world may send positive messages, through the hashtag #ParalympicFlame, gathering enough energy to light up the flames. Each one will represent a Paralympic value: Brasília – equality; Belém – determination; Natal – inspiration; and Joinville – courage. São Paulo will participate with the power of transformation and Rio de Janeiro with passion for sports.


- 6 Brazilian cities

- 250 kilometres travelled on the relay

- 4650 air miles travelled the by the retinue’s airplane

- 700 torchbearers

- 28 special visits

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