The event is being held at the Japan National Stadium.

After a wait of five years, the Paralympics are finally upon us. The opening ceremony of the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympics 2020 took place on August 24 at the newly-built Japan National Stadium.

A record number of Indian athletes have qualified for the Games. As many as 54 Indian athletes will represent the country in various sporting events.

The Japan National Stadium has a capacity of 68,089. Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the stadium. It will be the venue of the athletics events for the Tokyo Paralympics.

“United by Emotion” is the official Tokyo 2020 motto. It emphasises the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds. It also stresses the fact to connect and celebrate in a way that reaches beyond differences.

Emperor Naruhito made the opening declaration. Celebrated Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performed in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach, IPC President Andrew Parsons, Emperor Naruhito, Japanese ministers Tamayo Marukawa and Katsunobu Kato, Korean Paralympic Committee President Lee Myung-ho were some of the eminent dignitaries who attended the event.

The Indian para-athletes will look to take inspiration from the Olympic athletes who delivered seven medals overall. 54 Indian para-athletes will be contesting in nine different events and eyes will be on athletics especially. They will hope to improve on the 2016 Rio Paralympics where India won a total of four medals including two golds. 

Badminton is making it’s first appearance at the Paralympics. Indian para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat is the favourite to deliver a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. He is the World No.1 in his category and will shoulder heavy expectations.

Here are the best pictures from the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics:

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