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Paralympics draw to a close in Tokyo

STORY: The 2020 Paralympics ended in Tokyo on Sunday (September 5) after nearly two weeks of awe-inspiring performances by athletes from around the world.

Following on from the Tokyo Oylmpics, the Paralympics passed off without a major Covid outbreak as Japan successfully hosted back to back events inside a well-policed bubble.

Afghanistan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli were able to attend the closing ceremony having missed the opening one.

“The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have not just been historic, they have been fantastic,” International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons told those in Tokyo Stadium.

“In 12 magical days, athletes gave the world confidence, happiness and hope. Athletes broke records. Athletes warmed hearts. Athletes opened minds. Importantly athletes changed lives. During our carnival of sport, we have celebrated difference, exhibited the best of humanity and shown unity in diversity. However, our journey cannot end here. Tonight, see this, not like a closing ceremony, but an opening to a bright and inclusive future.”

The next Paralympic games will take place in Paris in 2024.

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