The Paralympic Flame Arrives in Tokyo

Published August 23rd, 2021 - 05:56 GMT

As Tokyo prepares to host the top sporting event for athletes with disabilities, organizers urged participants to follow virus rules with increased vigilance.

The infection situation is different from how it was before the Olympics. It has deteriorated. Para athletes, compared to Olympic athletes, risk having even more serious symptoms, so they need to be even more careful.

Flame-lighting ceremonies were held without spectators across Tokyo after the traditional torch relay was scrapped over fears that crowds could spread infections.

A huge version of the red, blue, and green Paralympic symbol was brought to the Tokyo bay area on a barge, replacing the five rings which were towed away after the Olympics.

The Paralympics will open on Tuesday with around 4,400 athletes set to compete in 22 sports.
 

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The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity performs during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity performs during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors Tadahiro Nomura (L), Aki Taguchi (2nd R), Satomi Ishihara (R) take part in the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.

Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors Tadahiro Nomura (L), Aki Taguchi (2nd R), Satomi Ishihara (R) take part in the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

The Paralympic Flame is displayed after its lighting ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.

The Paralympic Flame is displayed after its lighting ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Tokyo 2020 torch relay ambassador Aki Taguchi interacts with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.

Tokyo 2020 torch relay ambassador Aki Taguchi interacts with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during a training session between Denmark and Britain at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 22, 2021.

A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during a training session between Denmark and Britain at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

The Paralympic Symbol "the three agitos", 23.4m wide and 17.5m high, is brought by a salvage barge to install at the Tokyo waterfront in the waters of Odaiba Marine Park on August 20, 2021, four days before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The Paralympic Symbol "the three agitos", 23.4m wide and 17.5m high, is brought by a salvage barge to install at the Tokyo waterfront in the waters of Odaiba Marine Park on August 20, 2021, four days before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki / POOL / AFP)

Participants pose for photographs following the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.

Participants pose for photographs following the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

This picture taken on August 21, 2021 shows people taking pictures before the Paralympic Games symbol lit up at night on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo.

This picture taken on August 21, 2021 shows people taking pictures before the Paralympic Games symbol lit up at night on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity performs during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors Tadahiro Nomura (L), Aki Taguchi (2nd R), Satomi Ishihara (R) take part in the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
The Paralympic Flame is displayed after its lighting ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
Tokyo 2020 torch relay ambassador Aki Taguchi interacts with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.
A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during a training session between Denmark and Britain at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 22, 2021.
The Paralympic Symbol "the three agitos", 23.4m wide and 17.5m high, is brought by a salvage barge to install at the Tokyo waterfront in the waters of Odaiba Marine Park on August 20, 2021, four days before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Participants pose for photographs following the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
This picture taken on August 21, 2021 shows people taking pictures before the Paralympic Games symbol lit up at night on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity performs during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity performs during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors Tadahiro Nomura (L), Aki Taguchi (2nd R), Satomi Ishihara (R) take part in the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors Tadahiro Nomura (L), Aki Taguchi (2nd R), Satomi Ishihara (R) take part in the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
The Paralympic Flame is displayed after its lighting ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
The Paralympic Flame is displayed after its lighting ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
Tokyo 2020 torch relay ambassador Aki Taguchi interacts with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24.
Tokyo 2020 torch relay ambassador Aki Taguchi interacts with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic mascot Someity during a "flame gathering event" for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay at the Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo on August 20, 2021, ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games on August 24. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)
A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during a training session between Denmark and Britain at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 22, 2021.
A wheelchair rugby ball is seen during a training session between Denmark and Britain at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on August 22, 2021. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)
The Paralympic Symbol "the three agitos", 23.4m wide and 17.5m high, is brought by a salvage barge to install at the Tokyo waterfront in the waters of Odaiba Marine Park on August 20, 2021, four days before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The Paralympic Symbol "the three agitos", 23.4m wide and 17.5m high, is brought by a salvage barge to install at the Tokyo waterfront in the waters of Odaiba Marine Park on August 20, 2021, four days before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki / POOL / AFP)
Participants pose for photographs following the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021.
Participants pose for photographs following the Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony at the State Guest House Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on August 20, 2021. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
This picture taken on August 21, 2021 shows people taking pictures before the Paralympic Games symbol lit up at night on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo.
This picture taken on August 21, 2021 shows people taking pictures before the Paralympic Games symbol lit up at night on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

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