Tokyo Paralympics: 2020 Video games get underneath manner with highly effective opening ceremony

Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs lead out a 17-strong ParalympicsGB delegation


Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs led out a 17-strong ParalympicsGB delegation
Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST +8
Coverage: Follow on Radio 5 Live and on the BBC Sport website

“Paralympic athletes know that no matter which way the wind blows, its power can be harnessed to move forward. They know that by being brave and spreading their wings, they can reach extraordinary heights.”

The words of Tokyo 2020 organisers, as the Paralympic Games finally opened, 364 days later than planned and after a year of the utmost difficulties.

Five years have passed since competitors said ‘tchau’ to Rio. At long last, it is the turn of the Paralympics to bid ‘konnichi wa’ to Tokyo.

The Games began with an opening ceremony full of colour and celebration interjected with a touch of poignancy, a concept of ‘We Have Wings’ which organisers said was intended to raise awareness of the courage of Paralympians.

“I cannot believe we are finally here,” said Andrew Parsons, president…