2016 Paralympic Games set for opening in Rio

Team SA is confident that it can maintain the momentum gained by the likes of Wayde van Niekerk.

A sand sculpture on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Picture: Reinart Toerien.

CAPE TOWN - The 2016 Paralympic Games will officially be opened tonight in Rio, with Team South Africa confident that it can maintain the momentum gained by the likes of Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya at the Olympics last month.

With the common themes around the Games of safety concerns, the Zika virus and worries over poor ticket sales, South African Paralympians say they're looking forward to the event despite these challenges.

Gold medallist from the 2012 games Arnu Fourie says the athletes' village has exceeded his expectations.

"We've been settled here for a couple of days now, just experiencing Rio. I must say I'm quite surprised by the village and the facilities are brilliant. I've been out on the track one or twice and I can't wait for the games to begin."