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The daughter of the pioneering German-born British neurosurgeon who is considered the “father” of the Paralympics hopes the world’s largest sporting event for people with disabilities being held in Tokyo amid the coronavirus pandemic will remain a source of “inspiration and hope.”

In an online interview, Eva Loeffler, who was mayor of the athletes village during the 2012 Paralympics in London, said she believes the extensive coverage they received had a transformative effect on public attitudes in the host country toward those with disabilities.

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