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Belarus at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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IPC code  BLR
8  0
Competitors  20 in 5 sports
0  2
Belarus at the 2016 Summer Paralympics
NPC  Paralympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Medals Ranked 19th  Gold Silver Bronze Total 8 0 2 10

Belarus competed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 to 18 September 2016. They are scheduled to compete in rowing and swimming.


Disability classifications

Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis. Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities, other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.


The country sent a team of 20 athletes, 10 men and 10 women, along with 3 officials to the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The competed in athletics, judo, rowing, swimming and wheelchair fencing.


One pathway for qualifying for Rio involved having a boat have top eight finish at the 2015 FISA World Rowing Championships in a medal event. Belarus qualified for the 2016 Games under this criteria in the AS Women's Single Sculls event with a fifth-place finish in a time of 05:38.39.


The top two finishers in each Rio medal event at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships earned a qualifying spot for their country for Rio. Ihar Boki earned Belarus a spot after winning gold in the Men's 50m Freestyle S13.


Belarus at the 2016 Summer Paralympics Wikipedia

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