Date set for two-day Olympic and Paralympic celebration

Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds is still on cloud nine from her success in Rio

Paralympics GB medallists have returned home on a special flight from Rio de Janeiro.

"But we obviously know what we're doing at the top so we've just got to keep continuing that through".

Kadeena Cox landed four medals, two of them gold, at her maiden Games, two years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Once more, it was China that dominated overall, with 239 medals, including 107 golds - far ahead of nearest rival Britain with 147 total and 64 golds.

The total easily surpasses the tally from London 2012, when Paralympics GB earned 120 medals.

IPC president Sir Philip Craven said the channel had "set an global benchmark" for Paralympics coverage.

That was a seminal moment for Paralympic sport as the watching public realised Paralympians were elite, success-hungry sports stars first and foremost.

Amongst the experience of the existing three-times Paralympic champions, a number of athletes began their Paralympic careers. The broadcasters will also be the showcase for other IPC major events such as the London 2017 Para Athletics World Championships with programming created, promoted and scheduled to draw large audiences.

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It featured Fujio Watanabe, a table tennis gold medalist in that Paralympic Games, who said he was inspired by the attitude of overseas disabled athletes at the time who enjoyed their lives just as much as people who are not physically challenged.

Iran's participation at the Rio Paralympic Games ended with an eighth gold medal won in sitting volleyball, and it was dedicated to the cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died following a crash 24 hours earlier.

It overshadowed a Paralympics that dealt with both a funding and doping crisis to be a success, saving the Games experience for the Brazilian public after the scandal-marred Olympics. I think my work with them will go on and benefit more paralympians, ' Yu said.

"I also encourage all Canadians to provide our returning athletes with the warmest of welcomes home and to celebrate what they have accomplished during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games".

Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham said: "Over the last two weeks, Channel 4 has engaged millions of British viewers with the awe-inspiring feats of elite athletes from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games".

Iran - including Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, the tallest man in Iran, at 2.46m - showed their class in the third and fourth sets to win 3-1.

Indian athletes capped off a successful games campaign and secured the best ever in the Rio with with four medals.

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