On Tuesday, 24 August 2021, the Paralympic Games officially started with the opening ceremony. Although spectators aren’t allowed into the arenas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening ceremonies for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games as lively and vibrant.
TeamSA, consisting of 34 athletes, was led into the ceremony by wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane and track sprinter Charl du Toit. You can view the full opening ceremony on Youtube by clicking here. Or catch the highlights below:
The event will be broadcasted on SuperSport. Support our team by tuning in. A schedule of the events are available on the SuperSport TV guide, which can be found here: https://supersport.com/tv-guide/.
Alongside the Paralympic Games, the #WeThe15 campaign was launched in the last week. Its aim is to transform the lives of the 1,2 billion people with disabilities in the world, who represent 15 percent of the global population, by ending discrimination.
The official website for the campaign states: “WeThe15 plans to initiate change over the next decade by bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the world of sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment.
“We want to have a movement all persons with disabilities can rally behind. A global movement that is publicly campaigning for disability visibility, inclusion and accessibility. It will build greater knowledge of the barriers and discrimination persons with disabilities face on a daily basis at all levels of society. By doing so we will break down these barriers so all persons with disabilities can fulfil their potential and be active and visible members of an inclusive society.”
View the official video to promote the campaign: