Funding for the Paralympics has finally been released, but it may be too late for poorer nations


After a tense wait, Rio 2016´s organising committee has successfully appealed against an injunction blocking the release of public funding to pay for the Paralympic Games.

The organisers are already nearly three weeks late in paying travel grants to national Paralympic committees, which could mean some of the poorer nations do not send teams at all.

Last week judge Marcia Maria Nunes granted a request by prosecutors to halt the transfer of any further state aid to Rio 2016´s organising committee until it opened up its accounts to public scrutiny.

This meant that £36 million from Rio city mayor Eduardo Paes and £29m in federal funding - intended to fill the hole in Rio 2016´s budget - was held up.

(Eugene Hoshiko/AP)
(Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Rio 2016´s lawyers lodged an appeal against this injunction on Monday and federal judge Guilherme Couto de Castro has now agreed that halting this money jeopardises the Paralympics, which would be a major embarrassment to Brazil.

The ruling, however, does not affect the earlier request for Rio 2016´s organisers to fully disclose their financial position, which could be equally embarrassing.

Recent weeks have been dominated by reports of financial problems and cutbacks, with International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven describing the situation as "precarious".

It was also revealed on Wednesday that only 12% of the available tickets for the Games, which start on September 7, have been sold - an alarming figure considering how poor the actual attendances have been at the Olympics where nearly 90% of the tickets have apparently been sold.