Tokyo 2020

Afghanistan's flag will be displayed at the Paralympic Games ceremony

Afghanistan's flag will be displayed at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Tuesday, although the country's athletes were unable to travel to Tokyo to compete. Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said on Monday that the move would be made as a "sign of solidarity".

Parsons said a representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees will carry the Afghan flag at Tokyo's national stadium during the opening ceremony. It is the same stadium where the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics was held on July 23.

Two athletes from Afghanistan were unable to make it to Tokyo for the Paralympics after the Taliban took control of the country more than a week ago. They are, Zakia Khudadadi (taekwondo) and Hossain Rasouli (discus throw). Parsons said 162 delegations will be represented in Tokyo, including refugee athletes. The IPC has said around 4400 athletes will compete in the Paralympic Games, although the exact number will be released on Tuesday. The Paralympic Games will end on September 5.