Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga

  • The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen by Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of Emperor Naruhito. The Olympics closed almost a month ago.


Meet Lebanese paralympic athlete Elissa Harik

STORY: Meet Lebanon's Elissa HarikShe's representing her country at the 2023 Special Olympics in Berlin this monthThe 29-year-old has Dandy-Walker Syndrome,a rare congenital defect that affects the brainShe started swimming at a young age and has since received numerous accoladesincluding a gold medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi(Elissa Harik, Athlete)"If I am to talk about how excited I am, I may not finish, because I am excited about where I was and what I became. At one year old, I used to play in the water and now, I am standing in the first place carrying a medal."Harik is training three times a week ahead of the gamesThe Special Olympics will take place from June 17 to 25
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