October 21, 2021

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The Paralympic fires in Tokyo were extinguished and the Games were over

Marie-José Turcotte qui gesticule avec ses mains.

In melodic cacophony, the Japanese celebrated the difference and paid tribute to the Paralympic athletes.

Just minutes before the start of the ceremony, Canadian Paralympic Committee President Mark-Andre Fabian stressed the growing discredit at the Paralympic Games.

I believe we are moving towards greater visibility for Paralympic athletes in Canada and around the world, He explained to antenna manager Mary-Jose Turcotte.

I think we have an amazing team for the Paris Games. The next generation is waiting for you!

A quote from:Mark-Andre Fabian, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee

As at the Olympics, Canadian delegates wore jeans jackets to attend the ceremony. Canadian flag bearer Brent Lacatos proudly enters the stadium.

Sprint specialist, Lakatos is based in the Japanese capital. He competed in a total of six events from the 100 meters to the marathon. He finished his Paralympic crop with four silver medals.

I hope Brent takes advantage of this moment. This is magic! I want him to realize all this and have a good time. He deserves to carry this flag.

A quote from:Chantal Petitclerk, former Paralympic athlete

Each flag bearer was invited to place a small circular mirror on the reproduction of the Tokyo Skytree to represent the collective effort to promote the Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo Skytree, decorated with the flag bearers of each country, is set in the reproduction of the city of Tokyo.

Photo: Getty Images / Alex Ponting

Partnership of Afghan Para Athletes

Two para-athletes from Afghanistan enter the stadium with their national flag.

A few days after the start of the Summer Games, Taekwondoist Zukia Khudadadi and para-athlete Hossain Rasouli were warmly welcomed at the Paralympic Village.

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They did not arrive on time for the opening ceremony, but eventually competed in their respective event and represented their country at the closing ceremony.

An extraordinary edition

I have no doubt that this is the most important edition of the Paralympic Games due to the epidemic. We have given voice to 1.2 billion people with disabilities, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons explained at a press conference.

A few hours before the fire broke out at the Tokyo National Stadium, he pointed it out The Paralympic movement is stronger than ever.

There have been doubts for the past two years, when I thought these games were not going to happen, CIP spokesman Craig Spence recalled Saturday.

Over the past two weeks, many para athletes have demonstrated their joy at competing for honors on various podiums, despite the apparent lack of spectators on the stands.

Many of them expressed fears of games being canceled due to the health crisis.

In total, the Canadians won 21 medals, including 5 medals. The country was ranked 19th in the final rankings. In fact, there were eight podiums at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, mostly thanks to Aurelie Reward.

Undefeated, China finished the game with 207 medals, including 96 gold, and continued its dominance at the 2004 Athens Games.

Look for the end of the festival and the future

The ceremony began with an exploding musical number. In a very festive atmosphere, colorful Japanese dancers performed electrified performances marked by light effects.

Shortly afterwards, French para-athletes feasted at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower during a concert aired on the giant screen by artist Pon. He suffers from charcoal disease and works only with his eyes.

Just moments before the Paralympic flame goes out, the song What a wonderful world, Louis Armstrong, heard at the stadium.

All eyes are now on Paris, which will host the 2024 Summer Games.