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162 delegations to attend Tokyo Paralympic Games

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-08-24 14:34
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A girl wearing a protective mask is seen on an Olympic rings monument outside the National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan July 31, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO - A total of 162 delegations will attend the Tokyo Paralympic Games to kick off at the Olympic Stadium Tuesday night, organizers have confirmed.

Tokyo 2020 said in a statement that the number of attending delegations will exceed Rio 2016, when 159 competed.

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

The 2012 London Paralympics retains an attendance record of 164.

IPC 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."

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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