Its time for the Paralympics to kick off and Team GB look strong

Team GB Paralympics team are getting ready for the Paralympic Games 2020 in Tokyo – but how can you watch the games and when do they begin?

Jonnie Peacock won Gold for team GB in 2016 – will the 2020 games bring as much success?

It’s been a thrilling year for British sport so far.

Team GB managed to take home an impressive 22 gold medals after the Tokyo Olympics, with 65 total medals under their belt.

But now it’s time for the Paralympics to kick off, and Team GB are looking strong – with over 220 athletes competing over 19 sports and plenty of precious gold medal winners thrown into the the mix.

There will be plenty of great athletes to watch this year, including David Weir – the popular track racer, Maisie Summers-Newton, who is competing in the para-swimming at just 19, and Dave Ellis who is a visually impaired triathlete.

So when will the Paralympics action begin?

Here’s everything you need to know.

When do the Paralympics begin?

Patrick Flanagan is taking part in his first Paralympics in the Tokyo 2020 Games

The Paralympic Games 2020 will start on Tuesday 24 August 2021 – two weeks after the Olympics finished.

The games will last for a couple of weeks and conclude on Sunday 5 September.

Hopefully the pandemic will not impact the games, and it’s looking hopeful that things will remain on track.

Great Britain’s Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe revealed that all athletes should have been vaccinated ahead of the games.

‘Clearly, the preference is to have as many people going into the Games environment vaccinated as possible.’

When is the Paralympics Opening Ceremony?

Tokyo is 8 hours ahead of the UK – so the ceremony will start at 8pm Tokyo time, meaning it will be shown live at 12 noon GMT.

Like the Olympic ceremony, the Paralympic opening ceremony is expected to last around 4 hours.

Where can I watch the Paralympics?

Wheelchair racer David Weir will be one of the athletes representing Team GB at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer.



The Paralympics will be shown on Channel 4 and More 4.

Channel 4 have retained the rights to the Paralympics coverage, which they have held since 2012.

They will broadcast over 300 hours of non-stop Paralympics coverage from Tokyo and their broadcasting houses in Leeds and London.

According to the broadcaster: ‘The team bringing the Paralympics to UK audiences include Ade Adepitan helming the Highlights show from Tokyo, and established presenters including Sophie Morgan, JJ Chalmers and Ed Jackson will be joined Lee McKenzie and Vick Hope reporting from Japan.’

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