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162 delegations head to Japan for Tokyo Paralympic Games

(SATSports) – The Tokyo Paralympic Games kick off on Tuesday night with 162 delegations set to compete.

Tokyo 2020 said the number attending these Paralympics exceeds the 159 that went to Rio 2016.

The 2012 London Paralympics retains an attendance record of 164.

International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons was overjoyed with the positive message for the Games held amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“To have 162 NPCs compete in Tokyo makes me extremely proud,” he said. “The last 18 months have been the most challenging yet for everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement.

“Major credit needs to go to NPCs for preparing their athletes. It has been an epic and exhausting challenge for everyone involved, including the IPC management team, but one that has delivered excellent results.”

The Refugee Paralympic Team will compete for the second time while five nations, Bhutan, Grenada, Maldives, Paraguay and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, are making their Games debut.

It was also confirmed that 21 countries and regions will be unable to compete at the Games due to travel issues and other reasons.

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