The curtains finally went up on August 24th to let the show begin at the delayed Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This event featured 4,403 athletes from nearly 160 nations with 539 gold medals up for grab. After the successful delivery of the XVI Paralympic Games, LOC president Hashimoto Seiko praised all stakeholders including NPC Iran for their collaboration and understanding before and during Tokyo 2020.
“The delivery of the Games in the face of unprecedented challenges of coronavirus pandemic was only possible thanks to your cooperation. We would truly like to extend our gratitude to you,” President Hashimoto said. “we received many messages from athletes that they were able to perform to the peak of their ability in the stage Tokyo 2020 had prepared. Athletes kept their efforts in spite of different views over the Games, believing in the organization of the Games; during the Games, they demonstrated the same dynamic performances as they did in the previous Games, regardless of many constraints. They inspired all the people watching the Games with excitement and hope.”
She also continued: “Meanwhile, we have acknowledged that you, Games stakeholders, might have been forced to adapt your plan and there should have been time where not all things went well. Games are finished now, but it is critical to build the solid legacy of Tokyo 2020 Games, and to make it a catalyst to a better society. We will advance our efforts further so that Tokyo 2020 Games will be considered to be a turning point of transformation when looking back in the future, in order to share the outcome with you. We believe that this will be the only way to respond to the difficulties and challenges that you faced in the lead up to the Games.”
She finally praised all NPCs and NOCs: “The journey of seven and a half years since the launch of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee could not have been accomplished without your collaboration and understanding. Once again, we would like to express our respect to your efforts and thank you for your collaboration.”