Football Olympics SPORTS GIST AFGHANISTAN FLAG TO BE DISPLAYED IN PARALYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY DESPITE ATHLETES’ ABSENCE By Admin Posted on August 23, 2021 2 min read 0 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Farouq Oduola A. Despite the fact that Afghanistan’s athletes were unable to compete in Tokyo, the Afghan flag will be displayed during the Paralympics’ opening ceremony on Tuesday. It will be done as a “symbol of solidarity,” according to Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee. During the opening ceremony, a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, according to Parsons, will carry the flag in the National Stadium. It is the same venue that hosted the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23. After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan more than a week ago, the two paralympic athletes from Afghanistan were unable to travel to Tokyo. Zakia Khudadadi, a para-taekwondo athlete, and Hossain Rasouli, a discus thrower, are the two athletes. In Tokyo, 162 delegations will be represented, including refugee athletes, according to Parsons. According to the International Paralympic Committee, approximately 4,400 athletes will compete in the Paralympics. The exact figure will be published on Tuesday. The Paralympics will end on September 5th, and there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Tokyo area. Since the Olympics began a month ago, the number of cases in the capital has jumped by four or five times.