The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics have begun with a powerful opening ceremony that was attended by more than 60 heads of state and hundreds of athletes.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics is the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games. It was announced on September 7, 2015 that the games would be held in Tokyo from 24th July to 4th August 2020.
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“Paralympic competitors understand that the wind’s force may be utilized to propel them ahead no matter which direction it blows. They understand that by being courageous and extending their wings, they may fly to incredible heights.”
The organizers of Tokyo 2020 said these remarks when the Paralympic Games finally began, 364 days later than anticipated and after a year of adversity.
It’s been five years since athletes waved their goodbyes to Rio. It’s the Paralympics’ chance to say ‘konnichi wa’ to Tokyo at long last.
The Games started with a colorful and celebratory opening ceremony interspersed with a touch of melancholy, a theme known as ‘We Have Wings,’ which organizers claimed was meant to raise awareness to paralympians’ bravery.
A 17-strong ParalympicsGB delegation was headed out by Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs.
In his inaugural address, Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, remarked, “I cannot believe we are finally here.”
“Many people doubted that this day would come. Many people believed it was impossible. However, the most transformational sporting event on the planet is about to commence, due to the efforts of many.”
These Games will be unlike any that have come before. However, as the Olympics demonstrated only a few weeks ago, sport’s force will triumph.
It also has the ability to generate “winds of transformation.”
Most of us hadn’t traveled through an airport in almost 18 months, but we were whisked away to Para Airport by Tuesday’s opening ceremony at Tokyo’s National Stadium.
We encountered the Little One-Winged Plane there, who was sure she couldn’t fly since she only had one wing. Gradually, inspired by the demonstrations of tenacity all around her, she changes her mind and gains the courage to go on her own adventure.
Yui Wago takes on the role of the Little One-Winged Plane.
Although there were no crowds to witness the opening ceremony, as there would be throughout the Games, it was nevertheless a spectacle, a cauldron of color and joy.
There were also some somber moments, reflecting on the events of the previous 17 months. The Japanese flag was carried into the stadium by a rescue worker, and the Paralympic banner was handed on to eight important workers who assisted the people of Japan in their daily life during the Covid-19 epidemic.
There are 166 people with disabilities among the 714 cast members participating in the opening ceremony. It is anticipated that the Games would serve as a catalyst for improvement in Japan’s social views regarding handicap.
Ellie Simmonds, a swimmer, and archer John Stubbs, an archer, carried the British flag into the stadium, leading a 17-strong British delegation.
Eight-time Simmonds, a paralympic medalist, subsequently described it as “one of the finest moments” of her life.
A Games volunteer brought the Afghanistan flag in as a show of support after Afghanistan’s two Paralympic competitors were forced to withdraw from the Games due to the country’s circumstances after the government collapsed and the Taliban returned.
In Tokyo’s National Stadium, a volunteer holds the Afghan flag.
The Paralympic flame bloomed like a flower to “embody energy and hope,” and was ignited by a trio of Japanese para-athletes. It was positioned lower than the Olympic cauldron so participants could “feel an affinity” with it.
In all, 4,400 competitors from 162 national paralympic committees will compete in 539 medal events across 22 sports in Tokyo, which is the first city to host the summer Paralympics twice, first in 1964 and again in 2020.
“You gave it your best to be here, Olympians. There was blood, sweat, and tears. Now is your chance to demonstrate your ability, strength, and resolve to the rest of the world “Parsons said.
“If you’ve ever been labeled by the world, now is the moment to rebrand yourself as a champion, hero, friend, colleague, role model, or simply human.” You are the finest of mankind, and you are the only ones who have the power to choose who and what you are.
“You are the truth,” says the narrator. You’re amazing. You choose to be the best in whatever strategy you’ve devised.
“Your performances have the potential to transform your life. But, most significantly, they will alter the lives of 1.2 billion people for the rest of their lives. Sport has the ability to change people’s lives and communities. Sport is the catalyst for change. And, starting tomorrow, paralympic athletes will begin to transform the world once again.”
In Rio, the United Kingdom won 147 medals, including 64 golds. It’s time to see what Tokyo has to offer.
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