The Paralympics leadership hoped Rio de Janeiro would build on the success of London. Instead, it's about limiting any damage.
When the curtain comes up for 4,300 athletes at Wednesday's opening ceremony, almost everything will be scaled back: venues, seating, and staffing. Paralympic officials say that no sports or nations have been cut out, but the "athlete experience" could suffer.
Only a last-minute Brazilian government bailout has helped save the event from a shortfall in the local, privately funded operating budget.
"This is the worst situation that we've ever found ourselves in at Paralympic movement," Philip Craven, the president of the International Paralympic Committee, told The Associated Press. "We were aware of difficulties, but we weren't aware it was as critical as this."
Rio organizers limped through the troubled Olympics, buffeted by empty seats, green water in swimming pools, and the absence of an Olympic "feel." Behind the scenes there were no-show volunteers, street crime and traffic chaos.
Craven said he's been assured there are "sufficient resources to put on a very good games."