Tokyo 2020 sets the record for most athletes at a Paralympic Games

2021-08-24 22:00:35
Tokyo 2020 sets the record for most athletes at a Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 will be the biggest Paralympic Games ever with a record number of athletes set to take part. In addition, more female athletes than ever before will line-up at the postponed Games which open Tuesday, 24 August.

Host nation Japan will have the most athletes at the Games with 254, nearly double their delegation at Rio 2016.

In total 4,403 athletes (2,550 male/1,853 female) will compete across 22 sports and 23 disciplines. With 4,328 athletes, Rio 2016 held the previous record for the most athletes, this means Tokyo now has the record for most athletes at a Games.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, “To break the record for the highest number of athletes at Tokyo 2020 is testament to the tremendous work of all NPCs and International Federations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the most testing of times.

“Over the coming days the outstanding performances of Paralympians will smash stereotypes and demonstrate why persons with disabilities need to be active, visible, and contributing members of a global society now, more than ever.”

Twenty-two athletes will be representing Team Nigeria

At Rio 2016 in Brazil, was the most successful outing for Team Nigeria, which became Africa’s best team and 17th overall on the medal table with eight gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.

In Tokyo, Team Nigeria Paralympics will participate in four events: Para Powerlifting, Para-Athletics, Para-Table Tennis, and Para-Rowing.

The first Paralympics debut for team Nigeria was far back Barcelona 92, with six athletes who came back with three gold medals. Nigeria’s largest contingent to the games was in Sydney 2000 with 31 Paralympics Athletes when Team Nigeria returned home with 13 medals.

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