07.30 am: Hello all and welcome to our live coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Our attention turns to Tokyo once again as Paralympians take centrestage. Delayed an year by the pandemic, the opening ceremony on August 24 got us underway. Now, it is time for the sporting action. India have sent their largest contingent of all time, with more than 50 athletes in contention; nearly thrice as many as the 19 that went to Rio de Janeiro.
The Olympic Games, despite all the challenges, gave some extraordinary moments earlier this month. The Paralympic Games will, in many ways, be even more inspiring because every athlete who has made it to Tokyo has a story to tell… one of persevering, one of not giving up, one of soldiering on despite challenges. In the Netflix feature Rising Phoenix, there is a line that goes: “The Olympics is where heroes are created, the Paralympics is where the heroes come.” And for the next 12 days, we will witness some scintillating sporting action from these heroes across the globe.