The Paralympic Flame Arrives in Rio -- Monday Memo

(ATR) Also: U.S. Open enters final week; WCF hosts annual general assembly.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 01: Paul Becker, member of the movement of people with disability, carries the Paralympic torch in Park City Dona Sarah Kubitschek and closing of the ceremony on September 01, 2016, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Paralympic torch will pass through six cities, each representing a region of Brazil, before coming to Rio de Janeiro for the Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium on September 7 The flame will burn during the Paralympic Games on the pyre Candelaria, located in downtown area of Rio. (Photo by Igo Estrela/Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 01: Paul Becker, member of the movement of people with disability, carries the Paralympic torch in Park City Dona Sarah Kubitschek and closing of the ceremony on September 01, 2016, in Brasilia, Brazil. The Paralympic torch will pass through six cities, each representing a region of Brazil, before coming to Rio de Janeiro for the Opening Ceremony at the Maracana Stadium on September 7 The flame will burn during the Paralympic Games on the pyre Candelaria, located in downtown area of Rio. (Photo by Igo Estrela/Getty Images)

(ATR) The 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay continues its 155 mile trek across each region of Brazil.

On Tuesday, the two-day ceremony in Rio de Janeiro with 360 torchbearerswill begin at the Museum of Tomorrow. Flames from every city will unitethere to form the Paralympic Flame.

The relay will make its final stop at the Olympic Cauldron at theMaracana Stadium to begin the 2016 Paralympics on Sep. 7. The flame willstay lit at the Candelaria cauldron at Rio’s Centre through theduration of the Games.

The relay began its journey at the largest urban park in Latin America -Dona Sara Kubitschek City Park - while making stops at rehabilitation centers and institutes for the sight disabled along the way.

Over the weekend, the celebrations began in the city of Natal, acting as a symbol of inspiration at the Djalma Maranhao Sports Palace and the city of Sao Paulo, the country’s financial center in southeast Brazil whose flame will be a symbol of power of transformation.

Torchbearers are currently making their way through the southern region of Brazil to the city of Joinville where the flame will symbolize courage.

The Rio Paralympic Games begin on Sep. 7 and will conclude on Sep. 18.

U.S. Open Enters Final Week

The 136th edition of theU.S. Open Tennis Championships will be coming to a close this week in New York.

Novak Djokovic is into the quarterfinals as he defends his title as the men's singles champion. Last year's champion in the women's singles event - Flavia Pennetta - retired at the end of the 2015 season making her title free for the taking.

Currently sharing a record of 22 Grand Slam titles with Steffi Graf, Serena Williams will attempt to surpass Graf during this championship along with breaking the record for the US Open title.

The U.S. Open kicked off with an opening night gala raising one million dollars for under-resourced youth and various matches began throughout the day.

The U.S. Open Tennis Championship began on Aug. 29 and will conclude on Sep. 11.

WCF Hosts Annual General Assembly

The World Curling Federation will host it's fifth WCF Congress and Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Stockholm Sep. 10.

Topics of the assembly will include: additions to member associations, executive board elections, presentations of the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games and introducing the proposal for a new ‘World Series of Curling'.

The countries of Guyana and Mexico have applied to become conditional members of the WCF.

Elections will be held for the position of Pacific-Asia Zone vice president which stands uncontested and the position of director between current director Laura Lochanski of Canada and Sweden’s Catherine Lindahl.

"The 2015-2016 season was a challenging year for curling, but I have been particularly happy with the team-work and cooperation shown from our athletes and Member Associations to ensure positive outcomes" WCF president Kate Caithness said in a statement.

"Our fifth World Curling Federation Congress will bring resolutions to some of the trials faced in the past 12 months and will allow us to introduce exciting new developments in our sport to our members" Caithness adds.

The Annual General Assembly will be held on Sep.10. where all elections and voting will take place.

Written by Courtney Colquitt

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