After a year of delay because of the pandemic, the Paralympic officially began today at the empty National Stadium in Tokyo. The capital is still under a state of emergency as there are many active COVID-19 cases. There will be a total of 183 nationals competing, starting with the Refugee Paralympic Team and finishing with Japan. All these athletes participated in the parade of athletes.
The ceremony started at 6 a.m. ET. and there will be a broadcasting airing later Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time. The CBC TV coverage of the event is displayed with closed captioning, described video, and American Sign Language interpretations. There will be a total of 128 Canadians competing in 18 different sports.
The Canadian Team was led by Priscilla Gange as she was announced flag-bearer over the weekend. She will be competing in the para-judo event in her second Paralympic Games. Gange explained “It is incredibly honouring and humbling, It’s exciting, It’s many feelings in one,… It’s nostalgic, It’s such a gift, not something taken lightly.”
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