Korean Paralympians Head to Tokyo


August 19, 2021 13:34

The Korean Paralympic team arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday.

The Paralympics start on Aug. 24 and end Sept. 5 with over 4,400 athletes from 130 countries competing in 539 events in 22 disciplines. Taekwondo and badminton were newly added.

Korea’s delegation consists of 159 people, of which 86 are athletes, in 14 disciplines. Korea hopes to finish within the top 20 with possible gold medals in badminton, boccia and table tennis.

Korean Paralympians and officials pose at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday before their departure to Tokyo. /Newsis

In the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, Korea finished in 20th place with seven gold, 11 silver and 17 bronze medals.

The Paralympics are an international multi-sport event for athletes with physical, vision or intellectual impairments. Since the Rome games in 1960, they have been held every four years just after the Olympics.

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