The Paralympic flame will be lit to signal the opening of the Games on Tuesday August 24 in Tokyo. CBC will provide live coverage of the event starting at 6 a.m. ET, followed by continuous coverage of the Games until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, September 5.
Before the action begins, here’s your guide to the Tokyo Paralympic Games:
Why do the Paralympic Games exist?
They began as the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948 with a group of 16 wounded British WWII veterans competing in archery in London. In 1960, the competition became the Paralympic Games as we know them today, which run alongside the Olympics. The International Paralympic Committee was not founded until 1989.
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Canadian Paralympic athlete Alison Levine pointed out some misconceptions about the Games in a recent tweet, including the fact that Para is the abbreviation of parallel – as next to the Olympics, and not paraplegic. For athletes, the Paralympic Games are on a par with the Olympics, although the Paras lag behind in funding and public consumption.
Who is competing?
A record 167 countries send athletes to Tokyo, surpassing the 164 represented in London 2012. The number in Japan was supposed to be 168, but the two Afghan athletes – including his very first female Paralympian – are unable to leave Kabul in the midst of the takeover of the Taliban. from the country.
In total, around 4,400 athletes will attend the Paralympic Games, up from around 11,000 Olympians who competed earlier this month. These Paralympians suffer from a range of disabilities, from reduced muscle power to visual impairment and developmental impairment.
What sports are contested?
With the addition of para taekwondo and para badminton, athletes will compete in 22 different sports in Tokyo, where approximately 1,500 medals will be awarded.
Other events include staples like swimming, track and field, archery, rowing and wheelchair basketball as well as lesser-known goalball (designed for the visually impaired, teams of three essentially trade tricks by throwing a ball to beat a goalkeeper), five-on-five football. (officially known as 5-a-side football) and boccia (similar to pétanque, throwing balls as close to a target as possible).
As for the Olympics, the organizers announced at the beginning of the week that there would be no spectators in the stands.
Where is Canada located?
Canada sends 128 athletes to compete in 18 different sports in Tokyo. At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Canada won 29 medals, including eight gold, to finish 14th overall. Learn more about Canada’s full delegation here.
The country’s record for the Summer Paralympic Games is 238 medals set in 1984, Games that included the right combination of fewer countries (54) and more events (2,774 total medals) for Canada to rise. its total.
Which Canadians should I watch out for?
Archer Karen Van Nest and wheelchair rugby player Patrice Simard are back for their sixth Olympics.
Brent Lakatos, holder of seven medals in athletics, will compete in his fifth Games. He will be joined on the track by fellow Canadian Nate Riech, who will make his Paralympic debut. The two were in great shape in May when Riech lowered his own world record in the T38 1,500m and Lakatos won gold in the 100m and 800m at the same competition.
After battling several leg injuries, Marissa Papaconstantinou is in good health and ready to compete in sprint events.
In swimming, Aurélie Rivard is back after winning three gold medals and one silver in Rio. She hasn’t competed since before the pandemic, but says she took inspiration from Canadian Olympians to overcome both her lack of competition and the lack of fans in Tokyo.
And after skipping Rio, wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson, nicknamed by some the Michael Jordan of his sport, is back for one final edition of the Paralympic Games. In its four previous appearances, Canada has won three gold and one silver. In 2016, without Anderson, Canada placed 11th. We’ve covered some of Canada’s potential stars in more detail here.
How can I watch?
CBC has live coverage throughout the Paralympic Games. During competition days, you will find live sports on TV between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., anytime ET Check your local listings for possible adjustments.
Meanwhile, up to 12 events will be broadcast live each day on CBCSports.ca and CBC Gem. View the full coverage plan here.