2020 Summer Paralympics

The 2020 Summer Paralympics (Japanese: 東京2020パラリンピック競技大会, Hepburn: Tōkyō Nizeronizero Pararinpikku Kyōgi Taikai), branded as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, was an international multi-sport parasports event held from 24 August to 5 September 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. They were the 16th Summer Paralympic Games as organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

XVI Paralympic Games
Host cityTokyo, Japan
MottoUnited by Emotion[lower-alpha 1]
Nations162 including Refugee Paralympic Team[2] and Russian Paralympic Committee[lower-alpha 2]
Athletes4,403[2]
Events539 in 22 sports
Opening24 August 2021
Closing5 September 2021
Opened by
Closed byIPC president Andrew Parsons
Cauldron
StadiumJapan National Stadium (known as Olympic Stadium during the games)
Summer
Winter
2020 Summer Olympics

Originally scheduled to take place from 25 August to 6 September 2020, in March 2020 both the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the rescheduled Games still referred to as Tokyo 2020 for marketing and branding purposes. As with the Olympics, the Games were largely held behind closed doors with no outside spectators due to a state of emergency in the Greater Tokyo Area and other prefectures. The Games were the second Summer Paralympics hosted by Tokyo since 1964, and the third Paralympics held in Japan overall since the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano.

The Games featured 539 medal events in 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo both making their Paralympic debut to replace football 7-a-side and sailing. China topped the medal table for the fifth consecutive Paralympics, with 96 golds and 207 total medals. Great Britain finished second for the ninth time, with 41 golds and 124 total medals. The United States finished third, with 37 golds, their best finish since the 2008 games, and 104 total medals. The Russian Paralympic Committee finished fourth, with a total of 36 golds and 118 total medals, putting them in third place when ranked by total medals.