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Paralympics: South Africa ambitious with 34 athletes in Tokyo

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Paralympics: South Africa ambitious with 34 athletes in Tokyo

South Africa has unveiled its list of athletes for the Paralympic Games. These athletes will be keen to continue their country's medal tradition at the Games.

The Paralympic Games take place from 24 August to 5 September in Tokyo. South Africa has announced the list of 34 athletes who have been selected to compete in the Games. The athletes will try to do better than their counterparts at the able-bodied Games, which ended a week ago in the Japanese capital.

Head of the South African delegation, Leon Fleiser, stressed the importance of these Games for his country's representatives. He said: "It is a great honour for me. From a logistical point of view, things have gone well. So we are excited about going to Tokyo and making the country proud. The athletes come first, and together with the team support staff, we hope to make it a memorable experience for them."

South Africa on top
The Paralympics often work out well for South Africa. The country has won 280 medals during its participation: 110 gold, 88 silver and 82 bronze.

These results have undoubtedly boosted the optimism of the president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Barry Hendriks expects a good harvest: "Our Paralympic athletes have a decorated history when it comes to bringing home medals from these Games, and the expectations are no different this year."

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