Live Updates: The Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony

Published August 24, 2021 at 7:05 AM EDT
Italy's paralympic team participates in the opening ceremony wearing their national colors.
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Italy's team arrives during the opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Good morning,

Today we're focused on the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, which is getting prime-time coverage for the first time and has a record number of athletes participating. Here's what you need to know as the Games get underway:

Photos: See the highlights of the ceremony.

Push for equity: For the first time, Paralympians who win medals will earn the same as Olympians, but athletes are still advocating for access and equity in other ways, including for parents.

Representation: Afghanistan's athletes can't make it out of the country due to the turmoil there. But their flag did wave in today's ceremony. And the refugee delegation opened the Parade of Athletes, in a nod to the games' founder.

A primer: Here's how the Paralympic Games came to be, and how they differ from the Olympics and the Special Olympics.

— The Morning Edition live blog team

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