The opening ceremony for the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games will take place in Tokyo on August 24. The Paralympics in the capital of Japan will end on September 4, and due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans will not be able to attend any events, APA reports citing TASS.
Head of the International Paralympic Committee Andrew Parsons noted the day before the opening of the Paralympics, that the past 1.5 years have been difficult for the Olympic and Paralympic movements. The organizers had to take unprecedented measures - to postpone the Games for a year, to develop a new safety system for the arrival, accommodation, and conditions of the Paralympic competition.
Around 4,400 athletes from 162 national teams, including the refugee team, will take part in the Paralympics. For the first time, representatives of Bhutan, Grenada, Maldives, Paraguay, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines came to the Games.