The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have finished, but there’s more sports and medals still to come.
The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics is just around the corner, and the Team GB Paralympians will hope to match their haul of 147 medals last time around in Rio.
At the London Paralympics in 2012, Stephen Hawking and Sir Ian McKellen appeared at the Olympic Stadium, while in Rio de Janeiro five years ago snowboarder Amy Purdy danced with a giant robotic arm.
Read more: Paralympics Tokyo 2020: When does it start, events schedule and how to watch on TV
The opening ceremony will be shaped by the Games’ motto – ‘United by Emotion’ – and marks the beginning of 10 days of intense sporting competition between athletes with disabilities.
When is the Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony?
The Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony will take place at midday on Tuesday, August 24. It’s the third of the ceremonies taking place across Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic summer, and according to official policy documents the Olympic opening ceremony was themed as an ‘introduction’ and the closing ceremony a ‘development’.
The Paralympic opening ceremony will focus on ‘diversification’ before the closing ceremony wraps everything up.
We don’t know yet what that means we’ll get to watch, but the official description says the ceremony will “communicate to the world the goal of creating a coexistent society where everyone respects and helps each other” and “change opinion, searching for new possibilities that transcend preconceived ideas by mixing together various elements in new ways”.
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How to watch the Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony?
The opening ceremony will be live on Channel 4, which is screening 300 hours of Paralympic sport between its main channel and More4.
What is the Tokyo Paralympics?
This is the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, and the first time that a city has hosted two Summer Paralympics since their first edition in Rome in 1960.
Around 4,400 athletes with disabilities will compete across 540 events in 22 sports, and the Tokyo Games will see the introduction of badminton and taekwondo. Seven-a-side football and sailing have been dropped since Rio.