September 20, 2021

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The Paralympic flame was extinguished in Tokyo, and the Games were over

In harmonious cocophony, the Japanese celebrated the difference and paid tribute to the Paralympic athletes.

Just minutes before the ceremony, Mark-Andre Fabian, President of the Paralympic Committee of Canada, underscored the growing popularity of the Paralympic Games.

I believe we are moving towards greater visibility for Paralympic athletes in Canada and around the worldHe explained the antenna manager to Mary-Jose Turcotte.

I think we are going to get an amazing team for the Paris game. The next generation is waiting for you!

A quote:Mark-Andre Fabian, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee

As was the case at the Olympics, delegates from Canada wore jeans jackets to attend the ceremony. Canadian flag bearer Brent Lagados proudly entered the stadium.

Sprint specialist, Lagados stands alone in the Japanese capital. He competed in a total of six events from the 100m to the marathon. He finished his Paralympic crop with four silver medals.

I hope Brent takes advantage of this moment. This is magic! I want him to absorb all of this and have a good time. He deserves to carry this flag.

A quote:Chandel Petitlerk, former Paralympic athlete

Each flag bearer was invited to place a small round mirror on the reproduction of the Tokyo Skytree to represent a joint effort to promote the Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo Skytree, decorated with the flag bearers of each country, is set in the breeding ground of the city of Tokyo.

Photo: Getty Images / Alex Bondling

Participation of Afghan para-athletes

Two para-athletes from Afghanistan entered the stadium with their country’s flag.

Taekwondoist Jukia Kudatadi and Para-Athlete Hossain Rasouli were warmly welcomed at the Paralympic Village just days after the start of the summer Games.

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They were unable to arrive on time for the opening ceremony, but eventually competed in their respective events and represented their nation at the closing ceremony.

An unusual version

I have no doubt that this is the most important edition of the Paralympics due to the epidemic. We gave voice to 1.2 billion transgender people, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons explained at the press conference.

Just hours before the flame was extinguished at Tokyo National Stadium, he pointed out The Paralympic movement is stronger than ever.

When I thought these games would not happen, there were doubts for the last two years, CIP spokesman Craig Spence recalled Saturday.

Over the past two weeks, most para-athletes have expressed their delight at being able to compete for honors on various platforms, despite the apparent lack of spectators on the stand.

Many of them expressed fears that the game would be canceled due to health crisis.

In total, the Canadians won 21 medals, including 5 gold. The country was ranked 19th in the final. In fact, there were eight stages at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, mostly thanks to the Aureli Reward.

Invincible China finished the Games with 207 medals, including 96 gold, continuing its dominance at the 2004 Athens Games.

Look at the end of the festival and the future

The ceremony began with an exploding musical number. In a very festive atmosphere, colorful Japanese dancers performed electric performances marked by light effects.

Shortly afterwards, French para-athletes entertained the artist at the foot of the Eiffel Tower with a concert aired on a giant screen. Suffering from sarcoidosis he works only with the eyes.

Just minutes before the Paralympic flame is extinguished, the song What a wonderful world, Louis Armstrong, asked on the field.

All eyes are now on Paris hosting the 2024 Summer Games.