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Just like the Olympics, the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games faced issues heading into competition, but those issues will move to the background as the opening ceremony begins on Wednesday night.

The Paralympics feature 4,300 athletes from 161 nations and a team comprised of refugee athletes.

The organizers suffered financial problems heading into the games, as International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven said that he was notified about five weeks ago by the Rio Olympic organizing committee that there was no money left to run the Paralympics.

In order to run the event, the Rio city government pitched in $46.3 million, and the federal government has guaranteed another $30.7 million. Craven thinks that this influx of funds will lead to “a very good games.”

Here is how to watch the opening ceremony and the rest of the Paralympic Games.

paralympicsmascot090716.jpgThe 2016 Paralympics run from Sept. 7-18 in Rio de Janeiro. Getty Images

How to Watch

What: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

When: Sept. 7-18

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

TV: NBC, NBCSN

Live stream (televised events): NBCSports.com

Live stream (all events): TeamUSA.org

Mobile devices and connected TVs: NBC Sports App

TV Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 7

7 p.m., NBCSN: Opening Ceremony

Thursday, Sept. 8

2:30 p.m., NBCSN: Track & Field, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball (USA – BRA), Track Cycling

7 p.m., NBCSN: Track & Field, Swimming

Friday, Sept. 9

1 a.m., NBCSN: Women’s Wheelchair Basketball (FRA-USA)

11:30 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field

Saturday, Sept. 10

1:30 a.m, NBCSN: Track & Field, Swimming, Judo, Track Cycling

Sunday, Sept. 11

7 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair BasketballMonday

Monday, Sept. 12

7 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball

Tuesday, Sept. 13

1 a.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball

2 p.m., NBCSN: Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball Quarterfinals

7 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball Quarterfinals

Wednesday, Sept. 14

1 a.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball Quarterfinals

2 p.m., NBCSN: Track & Field, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball Quarterfinals

7 p.m., NBCSN: Track & Field, Swimming

Thursday, Sept. 15

1 a.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball Quarterfinals

2 p.m., NBCSN: Wheelchair Basketball Semifinals, Wheelchair Rugby

7 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field

Friday, Sept. 16

1 a.m., NBCSN: Sitting Volleyball Semifinals, Swimming, Track & Field

8 p.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds

Saturday, Sept. 17

1 a.m., NBCSN: Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds, Wheelchair Rugby, Sitting Volleyball Semifinals

Sunday, Sept. 18

12 a.m., NBCSN: Swimming, Track & Field, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds, Women’s Sitting Volleyball Medal Rounds

3 p.m, NBC: Wheelchair Rugby Medal Rounds, Men’s Sitting Volleyball Medal Rounds

10:30 p.m., NBCSN: Closing Ceremony

Live Stream Schedule

For a full schedule of live-streamed events, go to TeamUSA.org.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Start of the 2016 Paralympics: Schedule, how to watch, live stream