The Paralympics Finally Get To Prime Time : 1A This week marks the start of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, where over 4,000 athletes will compete during the ongoing pandemic. And while the audience for the games is large, equal treatment for the athletes has taken time. It took until this year for the Paralympics to be covered on prime-time television and for Paralympians to be paid comparably to their Olympic counterparts.

Japan's Covid-19 cases hit a record high just days before the opening ceremony.

We talk through what to expect this year and why it's taken so long for the Paralympics to make it to prime time.

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The Paralympics Finally Get To Prime Time

The Paralympics Finally Get To Prime Time

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Bradley Snyder of the United States celebrates after winning gold at the Men's 100m Freestyle. Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images hide caption

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Bradley Snyder of the United States celebrates after winning gold at the Men's 100m Freestyle.

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This week marks the start of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. And while the audience for the games is large, equal treatment for the athletes has taken time. It took until this year for the Paralympics to be covered on prime-time television and for Paralympians to be paid comparably to their Olympic counterparts.

This year, over 4,000 athletes with a range of disabilities from all over the globe will compete in 28 Paralympic sports. Of course, it's a little different during the pandemic.

Spectators are banned just as they were during the Olympic Games. Japan's Covid-19 cases hit a record high just days before the opening ceremony.

We talk through what to expect this year and why it's taken so long for the Paralympics to make it to prime time.

Brad Snyder, Ahmed Fareed, Caroline Casey, and Julie Dussliere join us for the conversation.

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