Rio 2016 Paralympics: Team GB to be based in Belo Horizonte

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Great Britain's Paralympic athletes won a record number of medals at London 2012

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has chosen Brazilian city Belo Horizonte as Team GB's training base for the 2016 Rio Games.

BPA chief executive Tim Hollingsworth signed an official Memorandum of Understanding with city officials in the presence of Prince Harry.

"We believe that we have found some fantastic facilities for our needs," said Hollingsworth.

The city has also been chosen as an Olympic base by Team GB for Rio 2016.

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Sebastian Coe signed an agreement with Belo Horizonte in October 2013. It is a one hour flight from Rio de Janeiro.

Britain's Paralympic team will use the facilities at the Minas Tenis Clubeexternal-link, a state-of-the-art sports club that has had a major accessibility upgrade.

Team GB finished the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with 120 medals, 18 more than in Beijing in 2008.

Belo Horizonte is host to England's Group D World Cup match with Costa Rica on Tuesday.

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