Aug 24, 2021

Tokyo Paralympics to start today ; 9 Paralympians from SL

The Tokyo Paralympics get under way today (24) with Covid-19 cases rising in Japan and all parties acknowledging that there is still a challenge ahead.

The Games will draw to close on Sep. 5th 

Tokyo is the first city to stage two Paralympic Games, having hosted the 1964 edition when 375 athletes from 21 nations took part in nine sports. 

This time, around 4,400 athletes from 162 national Paralympic committees will compete in 539 medal events across 22 sports.

It will officially start with the opening ceremony at 12:00 BST on Tuesday and competition begins on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka will field nine Paralympians at the Tokyo Games and will be captained by the 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath.

He will feature in the Men’s Javelin – F46 event on Monday.

Sri Lanka will have one participant each in Wheelchair Tennis, Rowing and Archery events while six will feature in Athletics disciplines during this year’s Paralympic Games in Japan.

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