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Paralympics: Athletes offered grants worth US$2 million to offset COVID-19 losses

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Paralympics: Athletes offered grants worth US$2 million to offset COVID-19

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Josh Dueck, 2014 gold medallist, named Paralympics' alt='CDNParalympics' /'>@CDNParalympics  chef de mission for '22 Paralympics in Beijing. I spent many hours with Josh in Pyeongchang as he was part of our @cbcsports  broadcast crew. Awesome energy. Great leader. Superb choice.

The rings will be lighted at night and herald the coming of the #TokyoOlympics , which are to open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.

The Olympics are set to open on July 23, 2021, followed by the Paralympics on Aug. 24.

• Japan's health ministry to launch a multilingual service on coronavirus telephone helpline ahead of next summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics estimated the additional costs for postponing the events to the summer of 2021 to be about $1.9 billion

The move by the Tokyo organizing committee is the latest in a campaign over the last several months to convince a global audience, sponsors and the Japanese public that the Olympics and Paralympics will take place despite the coronavirus pandemic.

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WATCH: During an event with Team USA Olympians and Paralympians at the White House, President Trump said, "What happened with the Paralympics was so incredible and so inspiring to me. And I watched — it's a little tough to watch too much, but I watched as much as I could."

Trump, who openly mocked a disabled reporter during his campaign, said today he finds the Paralympics “tough to watch.” Has there ever been a President who so openly disdained disabled people?

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“It’s a little tough to watch too much,” said the President of the United States about the Paralympics.

If you’re keeping score. This week @realDonaldTrump  insulted the @Paralympics  and @SpeakerRyan  fired a priest. What the hell is going on?

Well done @DeepaAthlete ! Your silver at the #Paralympics  makes the nation very proud. Congratulations. #Rio2016 

Congrats to #MariyappanThangavelu  for gold & Varun Singh fr bronze in #Paralympics  These true heroes defy all odds

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India is elated! Congratulations to Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning a gold & Varun Singh Bhati for the bronze at the #Paralympics . #Rio2016 

Congratulations to Devendra Jhajharia for the historic and well-deserved Gold at the #Paralympics . We are very proud of him. #Rio2016 

Rihanna's performing at the closing of thr Paralympics. With Chris Brown's help she could be in with a chance of a medal at the next one.

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