The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will get underway in Japan today.
The 16th edition of the Paralympic Games which starts today will draw to close on the 5th of September with a total of 13 days of sporting action.
Originally scheduled to take place in August and September 2020, both the Olympics and Paralympics were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be held largely behind closed doors with no public spectators permitted due to a state of emergency in the Tokyo region.
The opening ceremony will be held at the National Stadium in Tokyo and is set to get underway at 4.30pm Sri Lanka time.
A total of 4,400 athletes representing 176 countries will take part in the Tokyo Paralympics with 540 medal events across 22 sports.
The Tokyo Paralympics will see two new disciplines make their debut in Para-taekwondo and Para-badminton. Hosts Japan will have the biggest contingent with 260 participants at the Tokyo Games.
Brazil and China will also field more than 250 athletes each at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Sri Lanka will field nine Paralympians at the Tokyo Games and will be captained by the 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath.
He will feature in the Men’s Javelin – F46 event on Monday.
Sri Lanka will have one participant each in Wheelchair Tennis, Rowing and Archery events while six will feature in Athletics disciplines during this year’s Paralympic Games in Japan.