Rio 2016: Only 12 per cent of tickets sold for 2016 Paralympics

Just 12 per cent of tickets have been sold for the 2016 Paralympic Games, which start in three weeks.

The poor sales figures were confirmed by spokesperson Mario Andrada at a briefing in Rio on Wednesday, where it was also revealed that travel grants for the National Olympic Committees had not been arranged.

Sparsely populated venues have been a familiar sight at the Rio Games and Andrada conceded the total sold for the Paralympics was "a concern".

The London 2012 Paralympics attracted a record 2.7 million spectators.

This year's event begins on September 7.

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