Tokyo Paralympic opening ceremony to include Afghanistan flag
Written by tokyoclub on August 23, 2021
The Tokyo Paralympics’ opening ceremony will include the flag of Afghanistan as a “sign of solidarity” since athletes from the country will not be able to compete, International Paralympic Committee chief Andrew Parsons said Monday.
Afghan athletes are unable to travel to Japan after the Taliban seized control of the country.
Parsons said at a press conference that a representative of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will carry the flag into the National Stadium during the opening event on Tuesday night.
Athletes competing in the Tokyo Paralympics, including German long jumper Markus Rehm (far L), Mexican powerlifter Amalia Perez (bottom) and Italian fencer Beatrice Vio (2nd from R), pose for a photo at the main press center on Aug. 22, 2021, two days ahead of the games’ opening. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo