After two weeks of competition and a colorful closing ceremony, the Tokyo Paralympics have ended and the flag has been passed on to Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo ahead of the 2024 Summer Games.
Timelapse footage shows the conversion of Tokyo's Aomi Urban Sports Park, the venue for 3x3 basketball and sport climbing during the Olympic Games, into a football 5-a-side venue for the Paralympic Games. The work started on 6 August after the sport climbing competition ended, and was completed on 23 August.
As the Paralympic Games begin, Japan's efforts to improve accessibility and inclusion are in the spotlight, with many arguing there is still plenty of work to do. Some 4,400 athletes with impairments will compete in Tokyo at the world's biggest parasports tournament.
A Paralympic athletics test event with no spectators is underway at Tokyo’s National Stadium. As organisers weigh up whether to press ahead in the face of mounting pressure to cancel the global spectacle, one Para athlete says she is not sure if it can be said 'with confidence' that the summer Games can be held safely for everyone.
17 Dec 2020
She competed in the Seoul Olympics in 1988, and more than thirty years later, French swimmer Claire Supiot is training to take part in next year's Paralympics. Despite discovering she had the neuropathy Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in 2008, 52-year-old Claire isn't letting her disability get in the way of her dreams.