The most important Paralympic Games of all time — at least according to International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons — are finally underway after a one-year wait.

Athletes from across the globe gathered to celebrate the long awaited start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics during the Games’ opening ceremony on Tuesday night at the National Stadium. Emperor Naruhito was also in attendance, sitting beside Parsons as the festivities began. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was also present.

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