Tokyo 2020 Paralympics under way with powerful opening ceremony

The Tokyo Paralympic Games took flight with an allegorical aeroplane-themed opening ceremony packed with strong messages of inclusivity and hope for the world’s disabled population. Ellie Simmonds and John Stubbs led out Great Britain’s delegation as flagbearers, smiling behind their masks as they waved for the cameras. Yet it was 13-year-old wheelchair user Yui Wago who stole the show, producing a symbolic performance as ‘The Little One-Winged Plane’ who does not believe she can fly before finally taking off.

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