Belarusian booted from Paralympics for carrying Russian flag

"Let the God be the judge for all those, who used to say that everything is all right with us and then barred us from the Paralympic Games", he said.

Also missing were 267 Russian athletes who were banned because of alleged state-sponsored doping.

Addressing thousands of people in the Maracana stadium, where teams from across the globe were welcomed, Sir Philip said: "Through the performances of Paralympians, you will see the true meaning of sport and the true definition of ability".

British athletes, under the team name ParalympicsGB, are aiming to better their London 2012 tally by winning 121 medals during the Games in Brazil.

In fact, after announcing on Sunday that 1.5 million tickets had been sold, organizers are now hopeful of a complete 2.5 million sell-out.

The decision to bar the whole team from participation in the Paralympic Games in Rio, which will be held from September 7 to September 18 in Brazil, was unanimously made by the IPC on August 7. More than 4,300 athletes demonstrated first-hand their creed: "The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart".

The IOC chief said he had to miss the ceremony to attend a state mourning ceremony in Germany for Walter Scheel, the former West Germany president.

There were also reports in Globo and other Brazilian media outlets that Bach is wanted for questioning by local police investigating an illegal ticket selling ring allegedly involving a senior Irish Olympic official.

"The service levels will be the same, but probably the athlete experience compared to previous games will suffer a little bit", Spence said.

The 400 dancers formed a Brazilian flag to loud cheers. Nuzman and Craven when they thanked the Brazil government.

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However, controversy hung over the now show by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach - the first absence of an IOC chief since the 1984 Summer Games.

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