Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva, who won an Olympic Games gold medal, holds a torch for the Paralympic Games at a ceremony at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Photo: Reuters

Spirit of optimism: ticket sales soar to 1.6 million for Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games

Organisers give an upbeat assessment of the cash-strapped showcase for disabled athletes, which begins on Wednesday

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Brazilian judoka Rafaela Silva, who won an Olympic Games gold medal, holds a torch for the Paralympic Games at a ceremony at the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Photo: Reuters
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