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The Paralympics could be even more chaotic than the Olympics as 'major budget cuts' are announced

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Published 19/08/2016 | 17:49

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: IPC President Sir Philip Craven speaks onstage during a press conference concerning Russian Athletes and the Paralympics at the Rio Media Center on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: IPC President Sir Philip Craven speaks onstage during a press conference concerning Russian Athletes and the Paralympics at the Rio Media Center on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The Rio Paralympic Games will go ahead as scheduled next month despite facing "major budget cuts".

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The anticipated budget from Rio 2016's organising committee was not at the level it had originally committed to, necessitating the need to make cutbacks, according to the International Paralympic Committee.

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said in a statement: "Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this."

While the workforce will be downsized and changes made to the the transport schedule, the biggest announcement was that the Deorodo Olympic Park would be closed and dismantled.

Wheelchair fencing has now been switched to the Barra Olympic Park while equestrian, seven-a-side football and shooting will work as standalone venues.

Craven said: "Since becoming aware of the full scale of the problem, we have focused all of our efforts on finding solutions to the problems.

"At the IPC we are a relatively small but united organisation. It's in our Paralympic DNA to see obstacles as an opportunity to do things differently and that's what we are doing here. We are problem solvers by nature and fight for what we believe in.

"These cuts are on top of the ones we, together with the IOC, have already made in the last 12 months and are likely to impact nearly every stakeholder attending the Games.

"We are working desperately hard to protect athlete services, especially within the field of play. They have dedicated their lives to reaching these Games and we will do our utmost to try and maintain the service levels and scope that they expect at a Paralympic Games."

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