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Tokyo Paralympic flames were lit across the host city Friday before being merged into one despite continuing worries over the spread of the coronavirus ahead of the world’s biggest sporting event for athletes with impairments.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike pledged to hold the Games safely, saying, “The Tokyo Games will not be a success, without the success of the Paralympics,” at a ceremony, during which the flames, ignited in different municipalities in the capital, were united in a small cauldron.

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