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Denis Gnezdilov of the Russian Paralympic Committee reacts after winning the men's F40 shot put final during the 2020 Paralympics at the National Stadium at Tokyo, Aug 29, 2021

NBC's Olympics coverage has long been built on a foundation of human-interest stories and showcasing athletes' road to the Games. The same philosophies will apply to the coverage of Paralympics, which will air on the network for the first time.

Sunday will mark the first time that Paralympics coverage will air on the main NBC network and is part of 1,200 hours of programming airing across NBC, NBCSN, Olympic Channel and digital properties. The Paralympics began in Tokyo on Aug. 24 and continue through Sept. 5.

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Deepa Malik became the first woman from India who achieved a Paralympic gold in the shot put event in Rio.

The Paralympic Games are a major international sporting event for athletes with impairments. The Paralympics are divided into Winter Games and Summer Games that alternate every two years. The Paralympics take place shortly after the conclusion of Olympics and since the late 20th century, the Paralympics have been hosted in the same city as the Olympic Games. The host of the 2020 Olympic Games was Tokyo; hence the 2020 Paralympic Games is also hosted by Tokyo. The Games begun on the 25th of August, Tuesday and will end on the 6th of September, Monday. The Paralympic Games have grown in both size and variety throughout the years. According to Britannica, The Paralympics in 1960 hosted 400 athletes from 23 countries participating in eight sports. Just over 50 years later, at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, more than 4,200 athletes representing 164 countries participated in 20 sports.

After the finest performance at the Olympics, it's the time of the Indian Paralympians. India first competed in the Summer Paralympic Games in 1968, then again in 1972, and then not again until the 1984 Games. After that, India has competed in every edition of the Summer Games. It has never competed in the Paralympic Winter Games.

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A referee attends a wheelchair rugby training session between Denmark and Britain

TOKYO - The Tokyo Paralympics open Tuesday after a year-long pandemic delay and with the virus continuing to cast a long shadow as Japan battles a record surge in cases.

As at the Olympics, the event will be marked by strict virus rules, with almost all spectators banned and tough restrictions on athletes and other participants.

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Manasi Joshi believes in turning every adversity into an opportunity, and will continue to strive harder and get my A-game on for the next year," she said. Flickr

With para-badminton all set for a debut at the Paralympics this year, India’s Manasi Joshi was training hard to give her best in Tokyo. The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak though postponed the Games to next year.

Originally scheduled to take place from August 25 to September 6, 2020, the Games will now be held from August 25 to September 5, 2021. “This year has not been an easy one for any of us,” Manasi said.

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