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When do the Paralympics begin?


The Paralympics remain on course to go ahead this summer (Picture: Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Sport fans are in for treat this summer with a host of exciting spectacles to watch and it’s not long until the Paralympics begin.

Euro 2020 is fast approaching, then it will be time for Wimbledon 2021, before the world turns its attention to Tokyo.

Along with the 2020 Olympics, last year’s Paralympics were postponed in Tokyo due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

While it’s thought both of the Games will go ahead this summer there’s plenty of opposition from the Japanese public about hosting amid fears coronavirus cases will spike.

Foreign spectators are already prohibited from attending and measures will be in place to ensure athletes and coaching staff follow social distancing measures where possible.

Organisers of the Paralympics will be holding their breath to see how they Olympics plays out but if the latter does go ahead, when can we expect to see the action?

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When do the Paralympics begin?

The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics begin on Tuesday, August 24 2021 and conclude on Sunday, September 5 2021.

The Paralympics take place a fortnight after the Olympics has finished.

Athletes competing in the Paralympics will hope any rise in coronavirus cases as a result of the Olympics will not prompt a drastic decision on their Games being postponed again or cancelled.

Great Britain’s Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe revealed last month she’s confident all athletes will be vaccinated ahead of making the trip to Japan.

‘In an ideal world, that would be the best outcome and that’s what we’re looking at,’ she told Sky Sports News.

‘I know with colleagues across the high-performance system, conversations are still ongoing with the government.

‘Clearly, the preference is to have as many people going into the Games environment vaccinated as possible.’


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