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Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics: Final medals tally




Dates and Venue: Between 24 Aug. and 5 Sept. 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Motto: “United by Emotion”

Nations: 162, including Refugee Paralympic Team and Russia, which participated as Russian Paralympic Committee (ROC)

Athletes: 4,403

Events: 539 in 22 sports


* Russia or ROC? Russia took part as ROC in both Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as an outcome of a decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2019 to ban Russia from all international sport for four years, after it was found that data provided by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had been manipulated by Russian authorities with a goal of protecting their athletes involved in an alleged state-sponsored doping scheme

* Known as Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, it was the 16th Summer Paralympic Games (now governed by the International Paralympic Committee or IPC)

* The event was formerly planned to take place on 25 Aug. to 6 Sept. 2020, but postponed to 2021 along with the 2020 Summer Olympics in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic

* Like in the Olympics, the state of emergency happening in Tokyo and the event was held entirely behind closed doors with no physical audience permitted

* This was the second Summer Paralympics hosted by Tokyo since the 1964 Games, and the third time the Paralympics were ever held so far in Japan since the 1998 Winter Paralympics

* Tokyo was the first city to host the Paralympics more than once

* The Tokyo Paralympics replaced sailing and seven-a-side football with badminton and taekwondo


* The first-ever Paralympics is considered to be the one held to coincide with the 17th Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy in 1960

* The 1960 Paralympics, as was known then as the 9th Annual International Stoke Mandeville Games, and was only retroactively designated as the 1960 Summer Paralympics

* It was the first international Paralympic Games, following on from the Stoke Mandeville Games held from 1948-52

* The first ‘Paralympics’ was organised under the aegis of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federation

* The term “Paralympic Games” was approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) first in 1984

* The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) was formed in 1989