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Tokyo Paralympics close after facing COVID-19 challenges

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Now that it's all coming to an end, I wonder what the government will concentrate on. The pandemic or the bill?!! Neither. They'll concentrate on the upcoming elections!!!

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As stated earlier today, the human endeavor by these remarkable individuals to overcome almost insurmountable challenges in their everyday lives is in itself “inspiring”.

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Congratulations!” to ALL the medalists.

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Thank you” to all those who supported, guided and cared for them as well.

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You did it, Steve! Your “Positivity” saw Tokyo’s Games to their conclusion.

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Let’s now make sure everyone else get’s home safe & heathy. There’s ‘real work’ to be done NOW to restore Japan to a comfortable life for ALL.

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End of the Paralympics coinciding with the announcement of Suga stepping down....hmmmm.

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The Tokyo Paralympics will close Sunday night after almost two weeks of competition among athletes with impairments from around the world, held despite many challenges stemming from the coronavirus.

Thank god it's all over. We gave up our summer for this garbage. Good riddance.

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After the applause, the silence is deafening...

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Waste of summer for this.

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Sayonara and good bye. Enjoy the Medals. Im sorry you the foregieners were not ablet to see Japan as they were locked up in the hotel like a concentration camp.. I really hope they all had a great time in Japan.

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We gave up our summer for this garbage.

Waste of summer for this.

nobody gave up their summer, I certainly didn’t.

if you did, who’s the fool ?

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I'm genuinely sickened by the indifference the media collective has shown towards the Paralympics, and not just in Japan. Somehow it was breaking news to have live medal counts during the "main event" coupled with endless stories on the athletes, their biographies and their careers, none of which was deemed pertinent (read: profitable) this time around.

The Paralympics thus played out as I knew they would: a "me too" afterthought given to the people society tries to ignore. Looking at disability can be hard because it's real and it forces the able-bodied to recognize their own privileges.

I don't necessarily blame the media or the populations at large so much as I do those who constantly try and push a narrative that things like the Paralympics are more than just tokenism. It's very disingenuous, no?

If you ask me, all the money spent on Paralympic-anything should go directly towards programs and initiatives to help and support the disabled. Use it to build more handicap-equipped facilities and more handicap-equipped vehicles. Use it to develop more and affordable technology to help the community. Use it to pioneer new breakthroughs that can allow some of the more disadvantaged a more equal chance at life. Use it to provide incentives for future educators, physical trainers and therapists to focus on careers serving the disabled.

Or, at the very least, make it a non-profit commitment so that no one at the IOC or host country can reap any economic benefit by the exploitation of an event that at best fosters a two-week "awareness" among the able-bodied instead of a lifetime of betterment for the disabled community.

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JackoToday  05:04 pm JST

End of the Paralympics coinciding with the announcement of Suga stepping down....hmmm

Hmmmmmmm,,,,,,The games were scheduled to end today. No big conspiracy.

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hmmm1Today  06:05 pm JST

Waste of summer for this.

I had a good summer. Maybe you are looking for a reason to blame for bad summers, when really the mirror is where you need you start?

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Foreigner In TokyoToday  07:14 pm JST

Or, at the very least, make it a non-profit commitment so that no one at the IOC or host country can reap any economic benefit by the exploitation of an event that at best fosters a two-week "awareness" among the able-bodied instead of a lifetime of betterment for the disabled community.

Usually it's assumed that during the preparation for the games facilities in the host countries are improved. Along with that, a lot of the cutting edge technology on display will eventually trickle down as costs fall for others to use.

It's not perfect of course.

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factcheckerToday  05:06 pm JST

The Tokyo Paralympics will close Sunday night after almost two weeks of competition among athletes with impairments from around the world, held despite many challenges stemming from the coronavirus.

Thank god it's all over. We gave up our summer for this garbage. Good riddance.

So true as there was no covid or Delta variant before the Olympics.

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It's over.

salute

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tell that to the 100,000+ who caught covid during these games.

I didn’t read the article. Did say somewhere in the article about 100,000 + directly involved with the games getting the bug?

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Maybe they should have the Paralympics before the Olympics as a warm-up, to get people in the mood. By the time the Olympics are over, nobody's interested.

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I rather enjoyed the Paralympics. All of the spirit with none of the political bs, sponsors or members of an unelected quasi-state lecturing us on the universal Olympic “movement” while turning a blind eye to the world’s worst dictators.

The Olympics as they should have been.

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Of all the opening and closing olympic/paralympic ceremonies, the paralympics' closing ceremony was by far and away the best one!

Well done done to all involved. It takes good spirit and positiveness to make a tough situation ( covid ) into a positive.

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Well, it's all over, now the anti-Olympian whiners will have to find other hobbies.

Thanks to all the paralympic athletes, you are an example of success, inspiration and improvement that some of us specially the antiolimpian whiners be lacking..

All Paralimpians are better than all of us !! ..

Very well done Japan..

Now to fix the pending issues and keep moving forward, the virus will soon pass and we will be much better than before.

GO JAPAN !! ..

By the way, CHINA WON !!..

And if we add all the Olympic and Paralympic medals, we will realize that there is already a new world power in sports.

See you at the Beijing games to see the Great Red Dragon from the East be the next number one and see a beautiful sunset of the great faded one of the "free" world.

Bye !!..

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In Japan, disability advocates hope the Paralympics will showcase service dogs:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/04/paralympics-japan-service-dogs/

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By the way, CHINA WON !!..

Congrats to China

And if we add all the Olympic and Paralympic medals, we will realize that there is already a new world power in sports.

That's loser talk as last resort when your prediction about the regular Olympics didn't come to pass, lol

See you at the Beijing games to see the Great Red Dragon from the East be the next number one and see a beautiful sunset of the great faded one of the "free" world.

Doubtful. China has never even been close to being a Winter Olympic power (that's Norway and Germany)

Quick! Name a Chinese at the top tier of a Winter Olympic sport! No Googling! Lol

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See you at the Beijing games to see the Great Red Dragon from the East be the next number one and see a beautiful sunset of the great faded one of the "free" world.

Sounds like revolutionary opera to me. Can't you just picture it? On stage, through a machine-made mist, a huge Great Red Dragon emerges in the sunrise in its magistic color, turns, then vomits on the faded sunset of the evil faded ones . . . followed by hundreds of uniformed three year olds skipping rope in perfect formation, humming along to the song of thousands of young children matching on stage - in immaculate military uniform complete with medals - singing about the Perfect One's glorious fight against the evil capitalist west.

Or not.

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Please substitute "majestic color" for "magistic color" in my earlier post. I haven't had my coffee yet. Thank you!

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The only "challenge" it seems they faced (both the Olympics and Paralympics) is how to fool the general public of Japan into believing it's more important to spend 1.64 trillion JPY (by conservative estimates, which means the true cost is even higher) on these two events, rather than put the money to much better use for all people of Japan.

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A big Congratulations to Japan for organizing and holding the Olympics. You guys did a great job!

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Despite all challenges, Japan worked hard to offer an exciting platform for athletes to showcase their abilities. Well done.

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