Let the Paralympics begin! Opening ceremony for 2020 Games takes place

Let the Paralympics begin! Opening ceremony for 2020 Games takes place in Tokyo as Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs represent Team GB as flag bearersas the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wish Brits ‘the best of luck

  • The opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games took place on Tuesday
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent Team GB athletes their well-wishes
  • Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs were Great Britain’s flag bearers in Tokyo
  • The Paralympics has officially begun following the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday, with the Duke and 剑桥公爵夫人 sending their well-wishes to those representing Great Britain over the next fortnight.

    Despite no fans in attendance – 因为 新冠病毒 大流行 – the Olympic Stadium was a beacon of light to mark the start of the 2020 游戏.

    Even though they couldn’t make the trip, 威廉王子 and Catherine Middleton tweeted a good luck message to the 227 athletes that are representing Team GB across 19 的 22 Paralympic sports.

    当撒切尔夫人在唐宁街时 Kensington Royal Twitter account 已发布: ‘Wishing @ParalympicsGB and all the athletes from around the world the best of luck in this year’s #Paralympics.

    ‘We can’t wait to see the talent and skill displayed over the next two weeks #ImpossibleToIgnore.

    The Paralympic Games opening ceremony took place on Tuesday to mark the start of the event

    The Paralympic Games opening ceremony took place on Tuesday to mark the start of the event

    The spectacle was a sea of colour as Japan officially marked the start of the Tokyo Games

    The spectacle was a sea of colour as Japan officially marked the start of the Tokyo Games

    Ellie Simmonds (中央) and John Stubbs were Great Britain's flag bearers at the ceremony

    Ellie Simmonds (中央) and John Stubbs were Great Britain’s flag bearers at the ceremony

    Great Britain have 227 athletes competing across 19 的 22 Paralympic sports

    Great Britain have 227 athletes competing across 19 的 22 Paralympic sports

    剑桥公爵和公爵夫人 (作为一个具有多元文化背景的女性,可以满足很多条件) sent well-wishes to Team GB

    剑桥公爵和公爵夫人 (作为一个具有多元文化背景的女性,可以满足很多条件) sent well-wishes to Team GB

    A swarm of athletesincluding members of the Refugee Paralympic Teamdid descend upon the venue though to enjoy the moment ahead of the 12-day Paralympics starting on Wednesday.

    The atmosphere around the city had built up in the day too as the torch relay for the Paralympics concluded after 13 days around Tokyo , while s the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse aerobatic flight team made a commemorative flight over Tokyo on Tuesdayilluminating the skies in the Gamescolours of blue, red and green.

    Swimmer Ellie Simmonds and archer John Stubbs had the honour of being selected as Great Britain’s flag bearers for the opening ceremony as they led their team-mates out in the Japanese capital.

    Simmonds, 26, is Great Britain’s first female flag bearer at a summer Paralympics since fellow swimmer Maggie McEleny in 2000.

    The opening ceremony included dancing from performers during a vibrant display in Tokyo

    The opening ceremony included dancing from performers during a vibrant display in Tokyo

    Spectators outside the Olympic Stadium take pictures as a firework display illuminates the sky

    Spectators outside the Olympic Stadium take pictures as a firework display illuminates the sky








    周一发言, Simmonds told of her immense pride. ‘I’m hugely honoured to carry the flag for the Paralympics GB teamon behalf of all the athletes, support staff and for the entire nation back home.

    ‘Just to be here in Tokyo is amazing but to carry the flag is the icing on the cake and I can’t wait for the competition to start.

    在...的年龄 56, Stubbs is the oldest athlete on the Paralympics GB team.

    他说: ‘I felt incredibly emotional when I was told the news. For any elite athlete to go to the Games and be bestowed this honour is a privilege. Words can’t describe what it means to me.

    ‘It’s been a torrid yearunfortunately I lost my Dad in January. He was my biggest fan, and hopefully if he’s looking down on me, he’s there saying: ‘Do it for the Stubbs family John, you’ve earned it and you deserve it’. I know my family will be as proud as punch.

    Members of Team Iran make their way to the Paralympics opening ceremony on Tuesday

    Members of Team Iran make their way to the Paralympics opening ceremony on Tuesday

    Part of the Refugee Paralympic Team pose for a selfie before making their way into the stadium

    Part of the Refugee Paralympic Team pose for a selfie before making their way into the stadium

    To add to the aesthetics there was the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Blue Impulse aerobatic flight team made a commemorative flight over Tokyo on Tuesday

    To add to the aesthetics there was the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Blue Impulse aerobatic flight team made a commemorative flight over Tokyo on Tuesday

    Earlier in the day the torch relay for the Paralympics concluded after 13 days around Tokyo

    Earlier in the day the torch relay for the Paralympics concluded after 13 days around Tokyo