Tokyo Paralympics: A ‘different’ Games but Paralympians still hope to shine



The Tokyo Paralympics games opened following a spectacular opening ceremony held at Tokyo National stadium. The games opened after a  one-year postponement following global outbreak of Corona Virus.

Kenya is among 163 countries taking part in the 16th edition of the games set to run from August 24th-September 5th.

Delayed by a year because of the pandemic and with supporters unable to attend apart from a small number of schoolchildren, these will be different Games to any previous edition.

But not only do organisers want top-level competition, they also want the Games to play a big part in making Japanese society more inclusive.


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.

 Kenya will be represented by a total of 34 athletes who will compete in three disciplines namely: rowing, athletics and power lifting.


Kenya’s powerlifter Hellen wawira will be the first Kenyan to get to action when she will participate in the women’s 41kg category on Thursday  with Asiya Sururu Mohamed set to feature  in PR1 Single Sculls rowing competition on Friday at Tokyo’s Sea Forest Waterway.

Kenya will be eyeing to eclipse their 2016 showing where they scooped 6 medals 3 gold 1 silver and 2 bronze.


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