Record Number of Athletes to Compete at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Published August 25th, 2021 - 11:04 GMT
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

A record 4,403 athletes are set to compete at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, according to International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence.

The Summer Paralympics began on Tuesday night and will conclude on the fifth of September.

Spence said at a press conference: “We’re going to have 4,403 athletes from 162 delegations competing here over the next 12 days. That is a record, the most number of athletes ever to compete at the Paralympic.”

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games set the previous record with 4,328 athletes from 159 delegations.

Host nation Japan has the biggest representation with 254 athletes across 23 disciplines.

Paralympic Games (Photo: AFP)
The flame in the Paralympic cauldron burns after being lit during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 24, 2021. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP)

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