Opening Ceremony | Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Opening Ceremony | Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

[Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so hello and welcome to beautiful bustling tokyo this is the opening ceremony the tokyo 2020 summer paralympic games on a beautiful warm almost sultry evening here in tokyo 16 days after a stunning olympic closing ceremony tokyo becomes the first city to stage a second paralympic games having hosted them in 1964. it was at those games that the term paralympic was first used in association with this wonderful event tonight all by a few of the national paralympic delegations or parade into this magnificent stadium here in the heart of tokyo ahead of a dozen days of world-class sporting action these are of course extraordinary games taking place in extraordinary times for the whole world the global carina virus pandemic has affected every single person on this planet impacting the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities and impairments disproportionately these paralympic games will showcase the strengths and diversity of the human spirit highlighting their art of adversity must always come hope tonight’s opening ceremony will set the tone in that regard with a show packed with symbolic messages of inclusivity and exceptional ability courage and inspiration and there will be no shortage of emotion it feels like something really special is going to be happening here tonight there’s going to be a real connection and the anticipation is tangible in tokyo all those pre-games fears can be left behind now because here we are in this glorious new stadium where it’s a warm 29 celsius and just this 68 humidity and i don’t know about anyone else but i’m feeling the nervous excitement waiting for the show to get going because in the long five years since this summer paralympics family last got together the world has changed in all those unforeseeable ways it’s been scary there’s been grief and loss we’ve all been kept away from so much of what we love but para athletes move forward after setbacks and now we’re set to start the competition and if the paralympic games are new to you then welcome you’re in for a treat even before we get to the elite sporting action coming up in the next few hours i can promise you a joyous spine tingling colorful opening ceremony there will be fireworks of course incredible dancing magnificent music and a cast of performers you will fall in love with it’s going to be emotional and before they take center stage in the sporting arenas our soon-to-be fully-fledged paralympians will be coming together at last and taking a front-row seat to watch a brilliant show and rob you know first-hand what it’s like backstage what it’s like to join the parade of athletes well it’s that feeling of anticipation it’s that feeling of maybe meeting old friends making new friends with that little bit of nervous energy that tomorrow or the next day or the day after the event that you’ve been planning for working for training for is right there it’s right about to happen all of your dreams are close to being fulfilled and you know that energy and then also you want to part of you as an athlete wants to enjoy the show as well and so there’s that juxtaposition as well with anticipation of the night the event and anticipation of the competition that will soon follow well tonight’s ceremony is very much about movement and as you both alluded to emotion the artistic element of the show is entitled we have wings and we’re looking forward to a really special story there but the opening ceremonies and we’ve we’ve seen many fantastic spectacular huge colorful ceremonies this might be a bit different tonight well the executive producer of ceremonies for both the olympic and paralympic games suyoki takayuki said opening ceremonies in the past have been a grand celebration spectacular but rather than those we’ve created something with a strong message that will resonate with the audience it’s more about the emotional connection than the excitement we’ve had a sneak peeve preview and i i ran out of tissues because i was tearing up so much the performers that we’re going to see tonight all have such incredible stories it’s impossible to tell all of them tonight but we’ll we’ll do our very best but i do guarantee if you sit tight you’re going to enjoy an absolutely magnificent show yeah so much of what you see tonight will resonate with you i’m sure in some level or another um the setting here tonight is a very familiar um setting for many i’m sure but slightly different the artistic element of his set is we have wings but it’s set in that environment of constant ever-changing movement where people move through all the time it’s an airport but not quite the likes of which we are used to seeing it’s going to be an extraordinary story a beautiful story as well it’s going to be a story about how we need to create our own energy our own wind to lift us up to fly and achieve our dreams and it’s going to be beautifully told a little bit about the theme as well it’ll be a moving forward theme the ceremony organizers acknowledging the way the world has come together since early in 2020 to face the global threat that we all know about while recognizing the their gratitude to those who made tokyo 2020 possible well it’s been an amazing build up to this summer paralympic games the olympic games hosted here remember tokyo the first city to host both games twice 1964 57 years ago and a very different games we’re in for here in this absolutely stunning uh city really has been a wonderful host the one thing that will have changed though is that our athletes have got stronger they’ve got faster they train harder they work harder and some of them professional full-time athletes virtually with what they do the quality of the competition that we’re going to see will be the best ever here in tokyo and the stories behind those athletes are just the subplot to what um is going to be an incredible journey over the next 12 days of the games and look out for those and listen to those because they are truly inspirational and extraordinary and we can’t wait to get uh to start to telling them in just a few minutes and uh you know paralympic athletes know that and you’re going to hear this tonight no matter which way the wind blows it can be harnessed to move forward and so i think that’s a special theme as well and there’s a little bit more wind blowing in the stadium tonight i don’t know if you noticed than we felt the other night so winds of change coming in with the opening ceremony of the paralympic games one thing you want to keep an eye out the number three is going to be appearing quite a lot in tonight’s show but also we the 15 you’ll hear more about that in coming days the color purple is part of a campaign to become the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities that’s 15 of people on this planet so stay tuned for more on that yes you may have noticed uh any of the iconic landmarks in your city about the color purple one of those landmarks might have been lit up a couple of days ago and that was all the launch of hashtag we are 15. well we are not quite 15 seconds away but we’re very close to the opening ceremony of the tokyo 2020 summer paralympic games in this beautiful stadium what awaits on a warm almost sultry night in tokyo an invitation i think to celebrate to join it all the physical resilience and mental fortitude and creative genius of humanity not just here tonight but over the next 12 days but tonight be prepared to be entertained it is going to be exceptional it’ll set the tone through color visually stimulating performances and wonderfully creative for art for the paralympic games welcome to the para airport enjoy with us the opening ceremony of the 2020s tokyo summer paralympic games [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] do [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] oh [Music] ladies and gentlemen [Music] foreign and andrew parsons international paralympic president [Applause] ladies and gentlemen the national flag of japan [Music] the flag is [Music] foreign four-time paralympic champion athletics [Music] four-time olympic champion wrestling [Music] rescue workers [Music] and the flag is preceded by four youngsters from local special needs schools here in tokyo yeah these schools that have been selected are either tokyo metropolitan special needs education schools or junior high schools that have been or are planning to collaborate with these schools in the future all champions in their own right and i love that the rescue worker asatani takumi is in the mix as well expressing gratitude to those who care and help on the front line beautiful rendition of house of wind a piano an orchestra version composed by tsugi nawayuki [Music] such an honor to be carrying your national flag but against and you can see the pride oozing out hand the flag over to members of the japan grand slam to force eastern army japan maritime self-defense force members of the japan air self defense fleet as well as members of the air defense command [Music] oh [Music] next yes [Music] solemn but highly significant moment in tonight’s opening ceremony [Music] please stand for the national anthem of japan the flag will be raised by the representatives of the japan self-defense forces sung here tonight by sato hirari [Music] me [Music] [Music] stunning arrangement [Applause] well the cherry blossom played such a big part in japanese art even in the dress there and uh like so many of the performers tonight she was one of those who auditioned and got a part in tonight’s performance welcome to the para airport the inner workings of the para airport are exposed and this is probably going to need just a little bit of explanation because these are the moving parts of the para airport the machinery that we need to generate the wind to help the planes of the parrot airport fly we’ve got pumps and switches and levers and they’re all inside a karakuri now this is a traditional japanese puppet that appears to move on its own and we’re looking at the inner workings here you’ll see the cast members coming on as springs and screws levers and cogs and they’re all trying to generate the momentum we need to create flight later in the show and it was a limited number of performers who were chosen just 75 out of more than five and a half thousand they all auditioned and this is their night [Music] so now we see the ball bearings [Music] fundamental to the movement of match machinery [Music] and it’s all this movement that will create the wind that will be required to take flight [Music] taking their inspiration from ropes these cast members doing the double dutch and with a wheelchair too that’s former ice sledge hockey player dasuki uhara also came through the audition process he was a great player i remember him well still moving well significance in the color of those ball bearings as well blue red and green the color of the aegis [Applause] now we’ve got all the screws and the levers in position we need a little bit of momentum [Music] [Applause] [Music] we’re looking at kamimoto eerie she’s the world champion of pole dancing formed with a hearing impairment but wow [Music] and these huge balloons and the colors of the paralympics red blue and green the arrival of the agitos something stirring the wind is coming it is blown in [Music] just under 11 meters long of course means i move [Music] and i’m moving beautifully [Music] [Music] coming together to form the symbol of the paralympic games [Music] [Applause] [Music] and another spectacular round of fireworks illuminates the sky above tokyo [Music] the winds of change are coming they’re blowing in very welcome guests to tokyo [Music] [Music] so [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] in just a few moments athletes from all over the world will be arriving at a national scene they will inspire and carry us into a bright future filled with compassion for one another please prepare for the most anticipated revival it is the arrivals hall and the moment these athletes have been preparing for [Music] dj sejo will welcome them to the arrivals hall it becomes a bit of a lounge as they arrive in here because they are going to have an absolutely wonderful time coming to the stadium [Music] for the second time a team representing the more than 82 million people forced to flee away from the human rights abusers and there are five women in the iceland team just one in the refugee team iceland led by [Applause] he’s a visually impaired athlete to compete in the 400 meters t11 his father a real inspiration to his ambitions in the paralympics now ireland can boast the fastest paralympian on the planet and jason smith he’s unbeaten in more than a decade of sprinting in para athletics he’s looking for a sixth gold medal but the flag’s being carried by brittany arendis who’s a powerlifter and we’ve got jordan lee in an athlete as well in competition the irish a lovely deep bow there to honor 36 athletes from azerbaijan the flag bearer olakam masaya won gold and in shotput in beijing competing in his fourth paralympic games the team won 11 medals in rio including gold for judoka ramil yasimov country of 10 million in southwestern asia north of iran on the caspian sea azerbaijan welcome to tokyo afghanistan [Applause] sadly they’re two athletes not able to travel to tokyo to take part in these games but they will be celebrated here tonight [Music] seven medals in rio for the united arab emirates a total of 19 now since they made their paralympic debut in 1992 the flag bearers aisha el nihary from shooting and muhammad al-madi a three-time world champion and three-time paralympic medalist from athletics now algiers won 73 paralympic medals but they’ve all come in either athletics or judo this time the team also contesting gold ball power lifting and the wheelchair basketball [Music] spectacular national costumes just the most uh amazing time for these athletes the biggest spanish-speaking country in the world and the second biggest country in south america and their flag bearers martinez the only gold medalist from 2016 in rio and 44 year old rodolfo ramirez who lost his eyesight at nine he’s taking part in his seventh games hoping to add the silver to the medal he won in atlanta and beijing they have good memories from tokyo [Music] that was their first paralympics in 1964 they ended with 37 medals this is the second time aruba has competed in the paralympic games real the first just one athlete in tokyo there is elliott andre lundstra the flag bearer who will compete in taekwondo which makes its paralympic debut aruba beautiful caribbean island 100 000 people just the one representative from armenia as well let me introduce staz nazarian he gets to carry his paralympic flag for the second games in a row because he competed in the 2018 winter paralympics and he really wants that first medal for armenia angola has won eight medals all time all by sprinter jose armando this time the flag bearer from athletics is 1500 meter runner manuel ernesto aime there’s two athletes in tokyo for angola beautiful costumes wow [Music] [Applause] well welcome back yemen their second paralympics it’s been a while they first competed in barcelona in 1992. they’ve been given wild cards by the international paralympic committee and most of the stadium in the country have been destroyed by war but they will be competing [Music] physiotherapists moran samuel won bronze in rowing in rio the son harad was born in 2016 and a daughter rom born in 2019 and the other flag bearer is watching athlete nadav levy in his second games he’s a computer programmer and developer one of the original ten nations they competed in every paralympic since 1960. you may recognize the rising phoenix the beve veo jointly carrying the flag with federico molaki the 200 meters freestyle champion from rio of course uh writing phoenix bbvo great documentary on the paralympics if you haven’t seen it she’ll be defending her title in the foil wheelchair fencing and italy one of the 12 countries to attended every paralympic games and they had great success in this very stadium just two or three weeks ago didn’t they they’re hoping it’s going to carry on [Music] hosted the first paralympic games in 1960 and a big contingent from italy [Music] and many of these athletes will be competing tomorrow but they wouldn’t want to miss out on this well one of the youngest athletes of the game’s fourteen-year-old fatima sawaida will compete in the 140 meters f-35 she’s a flag bear alongside shot foot gold medalist in rio garathan [Music] one of the men’s javelin f41 i’ve got a women’s goalball team and eight women in the various divisions of the power lifting the sports world lost a legend last year when two-time paralympic power lifting champion and a hero in iran died at just age 31 in rio he became the first paralympian ever to lift over 300 kilograms almost three times his body weight he was indeed a hero and he is very missed by this team the flag bearers zara samat looking for her third straight gold medal in archery and nor muhammad orecki from athletics on the hunt for his first medal they’re also very very strong in sitting volleyball they have made the final eight consecutive games [Music] india had a great games in 2016. they won multiple gold medals for the first time and they’re sending their biggest ever contingent to tokyo 54 of whom will be competing [Music] a new addition to the schedule badminton of course archery athletics swimming weightlifting all been completed by the indian athletes [Music] 270 million people in indonesia spread out over seventeen thousand islands flag bearers hanak pogey hastuti from shooting and janelle arapin from athletics both competing in their first paralympic games landlocked east african country independent in 1962 they have four athletes david he’s their only medalist he won silver in the men’s 1500 meters t 45 46 in rio looking to repeat again here in tokyo [Music] more than one reason to celebrate for these athletes be para athletes because it’s ukrainian independence day today since 1996 they flourished as an independent nation finished third in the medal table in rio and uh have won more gold medals than any other former soviet country apart from russia full tally 67 gold 69 silva and 92 bronze they are very strong across the board in many sports [Music] i’m just delighted to be here wonderful carrying the flag she’s going to be looking to beat her hero ellie simmons again who we’re going to see very shortly for the british team big competition between those two wonderful ukrainian traditional well they had one medal in three games prior to rio and they burst into life in rio 31 medals five years ago in athletics judo and swimming they got goals and six children seventeen bronze durkon kubanov will be in the shot put discus and javelin and muhammad riksimov a student at ricardo university will take part in the chocolate 63. 47 athletes in 11 different sports [Music] high hopes in judo they’ve got 12 competitors there two athletes competing in tokyo from uruguay both the flag bearers swimmer lucia dalazis who’s also working on her engineering degree and from judo henry borges a five-time paralympian he and his wife who also competes in judo hope to set up apparel judo academy in uruguay [Music] and we have two para athletes here or two paralympians i should say who are here for their fourth games uh ellie simmons a five-time paralympic champion and john stubbs at the age of 56 the oldest member of the team he’ll be competing in the individual compound archery ellie simmons in the pool of course eight athletes from ecuador all in athletics and a wonderful moment in tokyo when nice say that jomas won gold in olympic weightlifting first ecuadorian woman ever to win olympic gold flag bearers are kiera rodriguez long jump world champion and darwin castro reyes also from athletics he’s a middle distance runner dj sejo in full flight as the egyptians come out africa’s second most successful paralympic nation behind south africa very consistent they’ve won at least a gold at every game since 1976 and they’ve got the amazing table tennis star ibrahim ahmadu holds a paddle in his mouth and tosses the ball in the air to serve with his foot he is quite extraordinary [Applause] [Music] 49 goals 22 of those have come in power lifting and they’ll have eight athletes in power lifting here estonian swimmer cargo plume pool will be competing in his fifth paralympic games he was a bronze medalist in beijing in 08 the flag bearer is swimmer robin luxor the most famous estonian olympic athlete is probably archie newell who won gold in the decathlon in sydney in 2000 the paralympians will look to get their share of the fame here in tokyo and there is robin luxor [Music] well the horn of african nation has a cultural history dating back more than three million years but this is their rates appearance at the games just one middle and uh in 2012. the russian paralympic committee walking under a neutral flag you’ll see them wearing neutral uniforms with a special rpc emblem showing these para athletes and you notice on the floor there the colors of the flags they’re being blown around by the wind of change we’ll see that a little later on as well as the russian paralympic committee walking [Music] smiling and waving ready to compete gold medalists will hear peter tchaikovsky’s piano concerto number one but not all 23 minutes of it i suspect big delegation from the russian paralympic committee [Music] first hosted the winter games in sochi just a few years ago both olympic and paralympic [Music] well since making their debut in 2000 el salvador sent one athlete to every edition of the paralympic games apart from in 2004 when it sent two and this is herbert acetuno carried the flag in rio when he was here on his uh there on his own he’s back with friends though norma salinas carrying the flag and carrying the flag for australia danny de toro in her seventh games the captain says that visceral and daily reminders something more than your own performance she said and she’s carrying it alongside riley batt will be hoping for a third consecutive goal in wheelchair rugby he is amazing well austria’s competed at every edition of the paralympic games athletics and table tennis in the past have proved strong they’ve won one goal they did win one golden table tennis every edition of the games between 1960 and 1996 but it’s been a little bit quieter since natalya ida is one of the flag bearers she’ll be competing in the shot foot so we’ve got gunter matzinger triathlete he won gold in london on the track will be the first woman to represent her nation oman at the paralympic games should compete in women’s shot foot in this stadium flag bearer muhammad al mashaki from athletics as well [Music] you can see the names of the athletes being scrolled around the outside of the stadium and the netherlands have to mention their chef de mission she’s the dutch legend uh esther vichire retired in london 2012 tennis player magnificent 470 match unbeaten winning streak seven paralympic gold medals for the dutch wheelchair tennis legend and she’s in charge of this lot and they’re the favorites in women’s wheelchair basketball emmanuel oku goes in the men’s 72 kilogram power lifting he’s the flag bearer here for the west african nation off the gulf of guinea they’ve got three athletes competing in athletics track cycling and of course powerlifting [Music] two athletes from cape verde both in athletics in real 400 meter runner gracilino barbosa became the first cape verdean to win a paralympic medal flag bearers are koala naderi pierra sameda and merrelson fernandez samado both from athletics [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] positive system four paralympic medals for kazakhstan all time including gold in rio by swimmer sophia gabdulina and silver and women’s powerlifting for russian koi shibaya she is one of the two flag bearers those two athletes both 50 years of age and both are back to compete in tokyo [Music] qatar two athletes one man one woman both in athletics both silver medalists and shot foot in rio sarah hamdi masood and abdulrahman fiki both silver medalists in sharp [Music] foot here’s a number for you canada have banked more than a thousand paralympic games medals and carrying the flag there priscilla gagne initially competed in wrestling in karate but switched to judo because she had more opportunities of competition and marching with the team there she is stephanie dixon the most decorated canadian that paralympian she’s the chef de mission of the team [Applause] gabon or the gabonese republic is a nation of about 2 million on the west coast of africa and both of their athletes have spoken up about how difficult it is to compete and train with the lack of equipment but they say they make the best of it oh just spectacular don’t they look uh the east cameroonians the national language is french but it’s 25 million people speak 250 native languages injury in a car accident at 19 five years later she’s a paralympian and carrying the flag smallest country on mainland africa and this is their third appearance at the games wonderful cambodian story from sydney when 10 of the 11 athletes on the volleyball team were landmine victims and they used the publicity to try to raise awareness about that serious problem just one cambodian athlete in tokyo wheelchair racer van von is the flag bearer back for his second paralympic games [Music] who won the women’s sh 1 10 media air pistol in london the 46 year old is back again to compete in the fifth paralympics one of guinea’s two athletes is visually impaired sprinter baku dambakate who represented france earlier in his career says he’s come back to his roots hopes to change the outlook on disability in guinea it’s beginning to feel like a nightclub in here it is [Music] i just love all the colors [Music] on the west coast of africa population of 1.8 million over 36 000 square kilometers their third appearance at the paralympics has sent two athletes to london and one to rio and they have two athletes uh competing here mama bari in the men’s 100 t11 and camellia de silva riga a run in the women’s t1100 [Music] six paralympic medals from eight games for the mediterranean island nation and visually impaired s12 f13 swimmer carolina and trio they have a star known as the princess of the pool she’s won two goals of silver and bronze and she’s carrying the flag tonight [Music] [Music] the rivals lounges filling up bags are packed already delivered to the paralympic village yes omara duran was a star for cuba in rio sweeping the 100 200 and 400 meter races for t12 visually impaired athletes she is one of the two flag bearers the other is swimmer lorenzo perez he won a gold in rio which was cuba’s first gold medal in swimming all-time 85 paralympic medals for cuba mostly in track and field junius castilla one of cuba’s great legends in paralympic competition five gold medals greece has sent 45 athletes to tokyo flag bears anthony constantinidos he was a uh gold and silver medalist in athletics in rio as well as anna nantente a world champion in bocce rio of course athens of course hosted the 2004 paralympic games and that always leaves a powerful legacy behind in a city and i think it has done so as well for athens and for greece their 45 athletes ready to go in tokyo [Music] [Applause] [Music] kyrgyzstan a mountainous country in central asia two athletes in tokyo including arya steinbach vazar kulav who will compete in athletics and they’re strong in power lifting to a very strong tradition in that sport welcome to tokyo kyrgyzstan beautiful silk jacket there fantastic hats [Applause] now guatemala’s two paralympic medals the golden lebrons have come in powerlifting this time their two athletes are competing in athletics we’ve got erika violetta esteban viatorio taking the flag on her paralympic debut isaac lavia avia competed in the shot put in london 2012. [Applause] now kuwait had a bit of a gold drought broken at the rio games in 2016 when ahmed al-matari won the t-33 100 meters uh he is flying the flag it was his first career medal in his second games [Applause] well it’s a very first appearance at the paralympic games having registered as a paralympic committee in 2017 and their first registered paralympic athlete shauna charles spoke of changing the national perspective towards people with disabilities my crookshank 19 year old known as the queen carries the flag carries the flag she’s going to be defending the t20 long jump title she won in rio croatia got five gold medals at the summer paralympics four in athletics the other in table tennis they’ll be competing in eight sports in tokyo now if you’re wondering why it’s not abc we should point out seeing as we’re in japan we’re following the order that the japanese would read them in kenya’s flag in her first game she’ll be hoping among the middles and the 41 kilogram power lifting which is fourth of the world championships in 2017 it’s their 12th appearance i’ve had 36 medals [Music] in her first game as a 23 year old and have ado anno [Music] made their debut in atlanta in 1996 and uma cornea won two goals on the track costa rica has brought nine athletes to tokyo have never won a paralympic medal but they’re getting close their flag bearer camilla haas was fourth at the world championships in swimming and the other flag bear 18 year old table tennis player steven roman chinchilla and watch out for sprinter sherman gitti who competes in the t-64 sprints for leg amputees if he’s on form he could challenge for a medal and a second family member to represent colombia at the paralympics after a brother she carries the flag wonderful the names rotated all the way around the stadium here as the athletes come in eight sports they’ll be competing in it’s just the second time congo have been represented at the paralympic games and a first for both team members f-sit 56 shot putter fifi nicola lulendo and runner emmanuel grace muan barco who will race in the men’s 100 meters to 11. democratic republic of the congo two athletes in tokyo including rosetta luina kies flag bearer she had her right leg amputated below the knee after she stepped on a landmine she was introduced to athletics through the rehab program of the red cross and here she is competing other flag bearer is colin mayombe sarah aljumar is a bit of a barrier breaker she became one of the first three female para athletes to represent saudi arabia in international competition that was in 2019 as she’s joined by ahmed shabati whose wife uh writes for belgium and he is in the equestrian individual test second appearance at the paralympic games for the second smallest african state a population of just 201 000 inhabitants on the islands off the coast of gabon alex anju will go in the 400 and 100 meters t-47 on the track just one athlete in tokyo flag bearer monica munga who said her sport quote track and field gave me hope freed me from the days i had been discriminated and gave me confidence zambia in tokyo [Applause] [Music] there may be a mask on but you can still see the smiles sierra leone fourth appearance at a paralympic games they debuted in 1996 you’ve got javelin throwers carrying the flag you need a strong answer juan faith jackson and sorry carbo [Applause] boy they had a wonderful time on this track in this stadium a few weeks ago well known for their sprinters that the paralympic games jamaica has won 55 medals six of them by sylvia grant she is one of the flag bears and she is 58 years young she says age is just a number irma suryani is a wheelchair fencer she’s part of the world championship sabre team that won the title in warsaw this year so four paralympic games for georgia their one medal today came for judoka zafid [Applause] made its paralympic debut in 1992 it sent a delegation of athletes to each edition of the game since mohamed mohammed the shot putter and javelin a veteran from beijing london and rio is very proudly waving to us there [Applause] [Music] singapore’s flag bearer muhammad deroy norden from athletics will throw shot put in javelin in the stadium swimmer pinju yep is it singapore’s most decorated paralympian won her first gold in beijing when she was only 16. she is part of the 11-member team singapore they’ve been at all games since gaining independence in two goals nine silver and six bronze those goals were their last medals via eliot mujaji in the men’s t-46 in sydney and athens over 100 meters a proud record of having to participate at every paralympics 21 out seats across eight sports for switzerland marcel hughes is a paralympic legend of course competing in his fifth games in the wheelchair there’s eight medals with only two golds coming in rio in the t-54 800 and marathon they’ve had two other wheelchair legends in heinz frye and franz mierschma sweden’s flag bearer helena ripa world champion in canoe sprint and two-time paralympic medalist stefan olson from wheelchair tennis historically sweden has been a paralympic powerhouse with over 700 medals going back to you guessed it tokyo 1964. two-time paralympic gold medalist swimmer michelle lonzo morales and world champion cyclist ricardo ten arguellis the flag bearer spain has been a leader in paralympic sport for years especially since barcelona hosted the wonderful games of 1992 when the great javier khan day thrilled the catalan crowd with golds in the 800 1500 5000 and 10 000 went on to win seven paralympic gold medals watch for spain to be strong in facia wheelchair basketball and also five aside football and susanna rodriguez here in tokyo paralympian in triathlon also a doctor she’s been working tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic and this month is on the cover of the current edition of time magazine in europe [Applause] [Music] [Applause] you can feel the joy in the stadium here is dropping some sick beats there the spanish athletes are loving it it’s difficult to sit still that’s for sure and who wants to it’s all about movement here fantastic [Applause] spain has brought 143 athletes to tokyo that’s why it’s taking a while competing in 16 of the 22 sports and flexing for the 12 fellow athletes i guess magnificent some of the nations decided not to bring a full contingent to the opening uh ceremony the spaniards saying we don’t want to miss out on this party all representing sri lanka who won a bronze in the f-46 javelin and uh he was shot in the arm while serving in the military lives in a world heritage site [Applause] a proud moment for him as he carries the flag for the fourth shaped indian ocean island all [Music] and you know you keep those uniforms for decades after you wear them you pull them out every once in a while from the closet and you wear them around the house for the kids do they still fit no question no comment [Applause] two shooting goals in rio for veronica vladovich and uh she’s back here she said five medals in five games gold in beijing said she said that my life suddenly turned around the impaired girl became a recognized personality i was no longer just a little girl in the wheelchair society and the media began to perceive me as a respected person is on solid ground in tokyo he’s going to be competing in the archery having competed in kayaking previous paralympic games including rio slovenia’s been competing as an independent country since the summer games in 1992 they’ve won three goals six silver and seven bronze they also get the same financial reward as fellow olympians senegal made its paralympic debut in athens in 0-4 since then five athletes have represented the nation in athletics all in athletics and they have sent three from athletics to tokyo including the flag bearer yusuf dioff defeating his second paralympic games and trying to win his nation’s first paralympic medal [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] strong delegation of 20 athletes foreign has four medals in the table tennis across three games she’s back for more [Music] if they’d handle a national club level before turning to athletics is carrying the flag alongside laszlo suranji in his first paralympics is the 42 year old shooter and a big welcome to the paralympic family to this island that’s located in the southeast windward islands of the lesser antilles 36 year old dexory crease there only took up paris swimming at 34 because he wanted to join everyone else down at the beach it’s a good reason that’s a very good reason probably a very good beach as well [Music] omar the visually impaired shot putter is carrying the flag i encourage every person with an impairment to believe in themselves he says that they can achieve anything they want don’t give up i’m sure he’s certainly white two athletes competing in tokyo both solomon jagiri and jamina otoya qualified by winning gold in taekwondo at the oceana qualification tournament and maybe this will be the games that solomon islands gets its first paralympic medal who knows [Applause] two gold medalists from mario carrying the flags subin tip money in the boccia and she was a world champion in 2018 as well so strong favorite uh at these games also hong kong it was a 19 year old 50 gold in rio in the 400 and 800 in the t-53 a good measure he collected the silver in the 100 and the relay as well was butchered champion in london players use a ramp in the bc3 category and yetin’s mum is her ramp assistant and i think that’s her alongside as well proudly waving the korean flag 343 medals today for south korea following the 2016 summer paralympics ranked in the top 20 nations across the world won two medals chinese taipei did in rio in 2016 the team has some very good racket sport players including 42 year old ming chi shang a silver medalist and table tennis in rio and 22 year old jin hu fang will compete in badminton that sport making its paralympic debut here in tokyo just one athlete the flag bearer from tajikistan will compete in shot foot one of the wheelchair athlete throwing categories f-63 he also represented tajikistan in para arm wrestling in fact won gold at the world championships what’s up training their motto is freedom and unity the beautiful east african country of tanzania the great lakes region of africa is back to second games [Music] won his team soul gold medal in rio and his reward is to carry the flag 50 meters backstroke s4 and he looks absolutely delighted to be leading the team out they won two gold medals on debut in atlanta in 1996. thanked quite a few more since then but only one one in both london and rio [Music] fifth appearance for the landlocked african nation [Music] all people are people couldn’t be more appropriate veronica and dakara the women’s shot for their 41 is their flag bearer [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] the nation that has topped the metal tally the last four paralympic games in a row the flag bearers from archery double gold medalist in rio zhao gmn and from athletics two-time long jump world champion wang hao in rio chinese athletes dominated on the track in the pool just about everywhere just to pick a few names [Music] table tennis star won gold in london at age 17 repeated in rio and she will try for the hat trick in tokyo zhu zhi was just 17 in rio when she won gold on the track in the 100 and 200 in the t-35 and has a good battle with australia’s isis holt who beat you in both events at the world championships so that should be fun china is always good in women’s is also good in women’s sitting volleyball and expect another showdown with the u.s there for gold maybe who knows in the chinese women’s wheelchair basketball team is very strong and are the flag bearers here plenty of medals between them he really has six four goals in shotput and discus and an eight-time world champion should he a middle beckons here has three goals in a silver and it’s the northernmost uh nation on the african continent of tunisia is flying the flag she’s the current t-54 shot foot world champion but actually competed in the wheelchair tennis at the paralympic games in 2012 and 2016. next up we’ve got alberto barza who’s going to be swimming wonderful moment for 43 year old lisa kissing the multiple world champion in the k-44 taekwondo she finally gets the chance to go for paralympic gold as it’s one of the two newly introduced sports at this year’s games has been christian and daughters friedan kasha will be watching very closely danielle wagner he’s carrying the flag alongside him there’s the german delegation flag bearers wheelchair basketball player marika miller simply one of the best in her sport and from cycling michael tuber the four-time paralympic champion ten-time world champion still going fast in his 50s germany has a big team 136 athletes always a strong paralympic nation watch out on the track and in the field for marcus rem his personal best in the long jump get this is further than the olympic gold medalist flew a few weeks ago eight meters 62. germany also has qualified several teams always tough to do including in sitting volleyball both men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and they’re a world leader in prosthetics and they don’t just keep that for themselves they share it as well one representative for togo cormialo cabisa she’ll be competing in the f57 shot put togo making its paralympic debut at the 2016 games in rio it’s a full moon tonight waiting to peek out from those clouds a slightly larger contingent for the dominican republic here in tokyo just two athletes in 2016 but one medal that’s a good return eyes are sparkling it’s just the most glorious site despite the masks eighteen-year-old hava el mali competing in her first paralympic games one of the flag bearers and from wheelchair basketball riyad aksoy a 21 year old also in his first game turkey sits on the border of europe and asia and competes in european championships in many sports in fact turkey’s men’s wheelchair basketball team a medalist at the last european championships and a metal contender here in tokyo and the women’s gold ball team comes to japan as the reigning paralympic champions they are strong 22 athletes from nigeria flag bearers lucy ajike three-time paralympic champion in powerlifting and tajideen again two goals for table tennis in sydney 21 years ago and the great paralympian from nigeria back in 1992 as adio ajibola who roared to a 10.72 clocking in the 100 meters now yeah three athletes in tokyo all in athletics flag bearer leisure is commonwealth games medalist and three-time world champion johannes jambala who won two silvers at the last paralympic games again from athletics well the central american nation appeared in athens london and rio and their flag bearers carlos alberto castillo and arlen hidalgo both on the track delgado in the women’s t1100 1500 meters and castillo goes in the 400 and 1500 t-38 just the one competitor dayabu competing in rio sorry one of two para athletes he was uh competing in both the long jump and the 100 meters in rio we’ve got the shotput so new zealand has a flag being carried by a volunteer they decided not to march in the little island country of over 5 million won nine gold medals in rio they’ll be participating here that’s for sure watch them uh for them in wheelchair rugby the wheel blacks 18 year old palacia govindran will be carrying the hopes of a nation in the women’s taekwondo what an opportunity she’ll be in the k-44 58 kilogram event [Music] as they come to their fifth paralympic games will be competing in the equestrian event that flag looks really tall on that rather nifty scooter there ida louise overland will be competing for the women’s but uh one of the stars burjit skarstein she’s a para rower also known for her cross-country efforts in skiing she’s looking to be competing in next year’s winter paralympics carrying the flag for bahrain hey 22 year old uh registers the only athlete from haiti in the shot foot carrying the flag he says he was invited to a parasport festival by the president of the haitian paralympic committee and that was the beginning and of course difficult days lately in haiti so maybe this is a little bit of good news [Music] carrying the flag for pakistan he was a silver medalist in beijing a bronze minister in rio he’s looking for the missing medal in the long jump f 3738 here in tokyo [Music] flag bearers for panama ivette del rosario valdes romero in athletics also well she’s a lawyer and she serves as the general secretary of the paralympic committee of panama the other flag bearer is giancarlos wisdom lundgren a bricklayer by trade and competes in the 400 meters in athletics a team of three athletes two in track field and one in power lifting well in beijing francis won a silver medal in the men’s t-46 100 meters the sports minister of the country said his performance raised the issue of disability in papua new guinea to a level it has never been that’s the impact it makes tiny little island nation of just 62 000 one athlete jessica lewis a wheelchair racer three-time paralympian trains lives in canada she was a bronze medalist at the world championships and her coach curtis tom was also a paralympian melissa nair tilner galileano and rodrigo hermosa making history here because paraguay making his paralympic games debut in tokyo it’s a big step [Applause] now three years ago antoine boyce born lost his right leg after bone cancer last year he learned to swim as part of his recovery and look now he’s carrying the flag for barbados ahead of competing in the men’s 50 meters freestyle s9 [Music] well palestine first sent athletes to the paralympic games in the year 2000 it’s been represented at every game since the only sport though is athletics and it’s won three paralympic medals that’s shot putter hussain [Music] hungary’s flag bearer is seven time paralympic medalist in fencing gyeongji danny hungary has 144 medals all time including six by fencing star powell zakirus who got bronze in 88 in seoul at the olympic games and then was in a car accident came back to win several more paralympic medals [Music] fiji won its first paralympic medal in london elisa delana delena won gold in the men’s t-42 high jump fiji has two athletes in tokyo both competing in athletics their national sport is rugby sevens and they won gold in tokyo no gold yet for the philippines so they’ve got five athletes competing in tokyo jared pete mangawan carrying the flag magnificently and they have been competing they’ve won two paralympic medals is what i want to say in power lifting and table tennis flag bearer is a dairy farmer a mother and an equestrian coach she’ll be in the question dressage test on thursday henry manny former para canoe competitor is the other flag bearer and he’ll be going in the wheelchair sprints he’s inspired by leo pakka tahiti and bhutan make their debut here at the paralympic games and how spectacular they look fantastic the shot for the chima demo when he took up the sport when she lost her job in 2018 is carrying the flag you physically challenge your dream of becoming a sportsman is far from being over she said [Music] well now she used to play volleyball and she was given a prosthetist as prosthetic in order to play better she decided actually she ran better so she dumped the volleyball and took up running so she’ll be competing in the athletics here in tokyo well the faroe islands won all its paralympic medals including a gold between 1988 and the year 2004. this is habit matnahamer who’s going to race in the men’s marathon he was previously a para tri athlete but was unable to qualify during the pandemic so has switched to running the marathon [Music] well they do have the biggest or second biggest delegation here but obviously not parading all of them tonight evelyn oliveira from bocce gold medalist in rio is carrying the flag alongside patricio ferrara dos santos a world record holding the 100 meters t-47 and he’s the world champion so he’s chasing gold for the second time in tokyo having picked it up in rio as well president of the paralympic committee enjoying their entrance bulgaria’s flag bearer melania tararova from shooting a team of four athletes including rushdie roshdy gold medalist in the shot put in rio he’s a three-time world champion i love his quote sport makes the body strong and the spirit eternal [Music] the lounge really is starting to bubble over the landlocked west african country the capitals and the two athletes with visual impairments are there flag bearers ferdinand caporari and victorina kiso we’ll go in the shotput f57 i’ve got six athletes competing these games [Music] i love the hats adeline mushy ranzigo is the teenager carrying the flag here for her country her first paralympic games but a fourth for remy nico bimeze carried the flag in 2012 and 2016 as his country’s sole representative flowing ropes nice and cool on a night like this and the wind is picking up group of islands in the caribbean to the east of puerto rico and west of the british virgin islands nisbet will compete in the t-38 women’s 100 she’s carrying the flag tonight the 20 year old is studying at the bel rea institute of animal technology in denver colorado she’s tonight enjoying the night of her life in rio vietnam won its first ever medal and then one another and then one another and then one another four medals the first went to powerlifter von kong lee in the 49 kilogram category flag bearers are five-time peril olympian huang chief launchu from powerlifting and nico hong chao a bronze medalist french-speaking west african nation they’ve been a member of the ipc since 1997 and only the second time i’d have two athletes t-47 sprinter faisal achibar and charlotte hondulawan they are the flag bearers she’ll be in the shotgun [Music] right well they get the gold medal for the best waving of the flag of the night that’s abraham jesus ortega now she’s 19 years old definitely want to watch finished third in the 100 200 and 47 para athletic world championships i think her career and fame is just beginning they are ready to party yes the flag bearer for belarus is ludmila who’s won two paralympic medals in rowing these are her fourth paralympic games uh belarus won eight medals in rio six of them by one athlete sumer iharibuki in the visually impaired s13 category buki is belarus’s greatest paralympian has now piled up a total of 13 medals 11 of them gold and he’s here in tokyo trying to win some more they have a total of eight medals and leonore espinoza will be making her debut because she’s in the taekwondo in the 49 kilogram k-44 and carrying the flag alongside her friend satakuro used his disappointment of fourth place in the marathon five years ago his motivation for the 2020 games here in tokyo in the t-46 [Music] christian outside michelle george will be hunting a fourth gold medal should join england the most successful women’s paralympian if she gets it [Music] sadness in october 2019 her horse fbw rain man passed away following a colic attack they won two gold medals at the paralympic games in london and another in rio bruno van gaal is also in this team he’s in the gold ball team he could have had a gold ball team in his family he’s a sex tuplet wow tom yeller poland at traditional power and paralympic sport flag bearers are joanna mendick a three-time paralympic champion in swimming and the brilliant jumper matches le pieto who’s won gold in both high jump and long jump at both the paralympic games and the world championships poland is a team of 93 athletes in rio won 39 medals and natalia partica is also part of the team the table tennis superstar going for her fifth straight singles title zarina scamorac will be taking part in the uh 10 meter air rifle prone position harris and minovich in table tennis but bosnia and herzegovina has won five paralympic medals all in men’s sitting ball sitting volleyball should i say silvers 2000 2008 and 2016 and two goals in 2004 and 2012. well this nation won an olympic bronze medal on this track underneath where the athletes are walking just a few weeks ago in the 4 by 400 meter relay and i think they’re still celebrating botswana has two athletes at the paralympic games and both interestingly enough are also 400 meter runners gloria majaga is the flag bearer and butts won his first and only paralympic medal was in athens well fifteen-year-old beatrice montero will make her debut she’s carrying the flag there because she’s in the badminton and alongside amiguel montero he’s also making his debut but he made his debut bigger part in rio 15 as well so he’s studying engineering now but also back at a paralympics they’ve got 34 game athletes at these games and they did win the mix butcher gold bronze in rio christina goncalves is in that team for this year’s games well hong kong has won no fewer than two paralympic titles per games since 1992. yamcock fan is carrying the flag along as she’s going to be competing in the women’s 100 meters t-36 and that is who kai chung a swimmer alongside her well they’ve just got one athlete carlos velazquez will run in saturday it’s the men’s 100 meters t-38 for the central american nation it’s their seventh paralympic games don’t you love a lot of the countries have made the masks part of the outfit madagascar made its paralympic debut in 2000 in sydney aurelie farave is a sprinter and competes against other visually impaired athletes [Music] those flags are really racking up [Music] visually impaired tornado competed in the women’s t13 1500 in rio she was disqualified for moving out of her lane she hopes to address that at these games [Music] second time they’re competing at the paralympic games [Music] thirty-year-old mother of two and dressmaker she will compete in the women’s t-57 discus and javelin youssef ali is in the men’s 100 meter t13 is alongside us the flag bearer as well officially the smallest nation at this year’s paralympic games in terms of size uh lichtenstein and macau aren’t here that’s vladislayer kravchenko originally born in ukraine she’s a swimmer she was also the flag bearer of the opening ceremony of the 2016 paralympic games in rio [Music] now malaysia will be competing in nine sports that won three gold medals in rio five years ago having never previously won a gold medal at the paralympic games athletes from malaysia claimed three gold medals at the 2016 games uh as i said in rio mohammed [Music] and bonnie bunu gustin carrying the flag well south africa we see kaza jatsu manjani who’s making great strides in women’s tennis she’s the first black south african woman to compete at wimbledon and the first african wheelchair tennis player to qualify for all grand slam tournaments in the same year i didn’t even get to tell you about shoulder toy some legends there amalia perez a power lifting legend has a remarkable record silver and sydney and athens turn into gold in beijing london and rio she works in it and is coached by husband enrique alvarado and supported by her daughter melissa she’ll be going for gold here as well carrying the flag alongside of diego lopez diaz he’s got a busy schedule in the pool two freestyle backstroke and individual medley events to compete all four of mauritius athletes will compete in athletics including wheelchair racer marielle emmanuel annes alfonso who was named sports personality of the year at the national sports awards and mauritius and not surprisingly named flag bear oh matcha lag leg to the flag absolutely awesome and another beautiful mask as well [Applause] ed milcek was the only representative of mozambique at rio 2016 she claimed an historic bronze in the women’s t12 400. she gets to carry the flag alongside hilario chavela [Music] and those costumes look absolutely spot-on for the sultry temperatures here tonight [Music] this is a very special moment for this small asian nation located in the indian ocean making its paralympic debut two athletes both race in the 100 meters on the track in the visually impaired categories welcome to the first ever flag bearers for maldives fatima ibrahim and muhammad mazin this is a special moment moldova eastern european country has won two medals at the paralympic games oleg kretvil will compete in judo gold medalist representing russia back in 2008 he’s also competed in the olympic games in judo before he lost his sight and he’s one of the two flag bearers along with larissa marin kova from powerlifting [Music] well they’ve won 26 medals in the last four games but all except one it’s come from athletics muhammad lana’s bronze in the paratrials and in rio was that exception they’ll be represented in six sports by 13 women and 21 men [Music] first sent athletes to the games in seoul in 1988 [Music] well mongolia won its first paralympic medal at the beijing 2008 games in archery archer ganbatta zandra will be representing mongolia tonight [Music] he’s the one with that spectacular hat [Music] looks like he’s got a temple on his head it’s beautiful absolutely beautiful [Music] montenegro in southeastern europe part of the balkans five athletes in tokyo the flag bearers mariana gorenovich competing in her third paralympic games in athletics silver at the european championships and philip radnovich also carrying the flag silver and table tennis at the european championships the current f-34 world champion shot putter ahmed hindi is our flag bearer here for jordan jordanian athletes secured three medals at the 26 games in rio all of them coming in power lifting [Applause] time for a selfie ken the 21 year old visually impaired sprinter carrying the flag he’s one of several athletes from that country who are taking part in the project for the japanese not-for-profit organization asian development with disabled persons love the purple encouraging social integration independence among people with impairments in lao people’s democratic republic [Music] let me introduce you to a bit of a goal machine here or a gold machine should i say eiger’s happiness is a discus throw he’s looking to add to his collection he’s won eight of his country’s 15 medals to date four of those five gold medals gold medalists in the gold ball in rio five years ago they only have the six goals they want to come from a sport other than athletics and they’ve got a big start to their competition as well look at a big flag bearer well yes on the men’s shotgun gold in f-37 as well as silver in the discus that’s why he’s carrying the flag libya’s only medal at the paralympic games won by powerlifter abdulrahman ahmed in sydney two athletes in tokyo including mahmoud abbadar who will compete in taekwondo as it makes its paralympic debut [Applause] ipc family growing all the time patience johnson thomas mulberry strong eye action needed to carry the flag but they’re saving their arms because they are competing in the javelin both athletes in javelin action resting up ahead of a stiff competition but still coming out to this glorious opening ceremony at the tokyo national stadium well since 1972 they’ve won four medals but three have come from the same attitude carol eduardo novak has a gold and two silvers in road cycling from beijing and london and he’s one of the nine athletes here as well table tennis player bobby simeon is back for his second games european championship silver medalist in 2019 [Music] second in the 2019 world championship so one of the things ahead of this game is we don’t know who’s in form or not but a silver at the world championship suggests he will be one to watch in the d63 shops [Music] competing in his third paralympic games in athletics he’s had two top five finishes in his first two appearances he’d like to upgrade of course and rwanda’s sitting volleyball team for women the first sub-saharan women’s team in history in any sport to compete at the paralympic games they qualified in rio and they’ve qualified again in tokyo i’m liking this coordinated parade we’ve got here well the flag has a suture hat at the center adopted in 2006 officially known as the kingdom of lesotho cyclist edward malouf winning both of their uh paralympic medals in beijing for lebanon this year’s team just one athlete ours zaradine whose background is in fencing but he’ll be competing in a track and field and he of course is the flag bearer just three teams to come oh and the next one we’ll be hosting one of the games in los angeles in a few years time usa probably not much of a surprise to learn that american athletes have won more paralympic golds than any other nation more of any color in fact flag bears melissa stockwell three-time world champion in paratriathlon whose injury happened while she was in the military in baghdad a roadside bomb the other flag bearer the legendary wheelchair rugby star charles chuck aoki leads a u.s team trying to complete its medal set they won bronze and london silver and rio they’re hoping for gold in tokyo and this lineup includes some big names like tatiana mcfadden the 17-time paralympic medalist in wheelchair racing and hunter woodall another star the first double amputee to earn an ncaa division one college scholarship and the u.s men’s wheelchair basketball team led by steve cerio is the favorite for gold so is the u.s women’s sitting volleyball team the reigning paralympic champions usa will be strong in some tokyo ball is getting down to the groove there [Applause] right three years time this party will move to paris for now the focus for the team from france will only be competing in all but three events in tokyo they tally 28 medals in rio de janeiro one of the smallest in their history 17 fewer than it had won in london but they will be aiming big in three years time and sandrine matinee one of the flag bearers rather memorably broke her left ankle during a semi-final bout in the judo in london she took up judah because she said she wanted to prove that she could be successful and we have stefan uday the wheelchair tennis legend multiple grand slam titles to his name he’s the reigning men’s doubles paralympic champion in wheelchair tennis have a big group you can just keep going on i think well red white and blue beautifully arranged there they’re walking like the national flag and their placard bearers getting right into it with them as well expect a big push from france over the next few years as they get ready to host the games i know they have a very young wheelchair basketball team and they didn’t qualify for tokyo but they will be pushing hard for paris in 2024 both on the men’s and women’s sides [Music] the final nation to enter this magnificent arena the host nation [Applause] well since appearing in 1964 they had 16 athletes then they won a gold in the men’s double table tennis now their delegation is 260 strong they’ll be taking part in every single games a broad moment for sure for every single one of these athletes [Applause] are the two flag bearers but a team behind them of a multitude of middle prospects previous world record hold in the 800 and marathon of the t-52 looking to add to that total of 377 medals introduction of power badminton will give sarinas a chance to show her brilliance on the biggest stage of them all he was paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident in 2016. they’re formidable in wheelchair rugby as current world champions i have high hopes for gold here and i think the whole team is coming out and you see that with a host nation and i can remember that in sydney and in atlanta and in barcelona not one of the athletes from the home country wants to miss these opening ceremonies absolutely you need a shingo the top ranks of men’s wheelchair tennis player in the world 25 grand slam singles titles he’s the gold medalist in beijing and london wants to win that gold here on home turf [Music] 52 in rio but since then he’s won both those events at successive world championships so building up nicely to chase down the gold medal on this uh beautiful track fast fast track to very very fast i’m sure all the athletics athletes are very excited and a big moment for yamamoto she [Music] twice the silver medalist in the long jump he’ll be hoping for the gold here but he’s also competed in snowboarding at the 2018 winter paralympic games [Music] [Applause] and another of those doubling up otta making a summer games debut she was in the winter games as well they’ll compete in the taekwondo 58 kilogram category k-44 it’s a short turnaround it’s 192 days between now and the beijing opening ceremonies of the paralympic winter games this is very good preparation what a wonderful moment for all these athletes to walk into their home stadium and celebrate a truly remarkable achievement reaching your home games and taking part in these paralympic games and we saw how well the olympic athletes did on the metal tally a few weeks ago and we i suspect it’ll be the same and and that will boost the spirits of the athletes and we hope the nation well in rio they they had a good games but uh they didn’t win a gold medal there’s 10 silver and 14 bronze so that leads in every event here in tokyo they’ll be uh well amongst the gold medals you’d im
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