Flame lit in birthplace of Paralympic Games

A flame for the Tokyo Paralympics has been lit in a British village that is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.

About 100 people, including former Paralympians and local residents, attended the lighting ceremony in Stoke Mandeville on Thursday.

The Paralympics originated with a sporting event held in the village in 1948. It was part of the rehabilitation programs for veterans who had been injured during World War Two.

David Clarke, a former Paralympic soccer player with visual impairment, said, "The Paralympics comes at the right time to both celebrate the achievements of Paralympic athletes but also shine a light on disabled people, and to challenge all countries to do more to be an inclusive nation."

The flame was lit as performers beat Japanese drums.

Flames from across Japan and the one from Stoke Mandeville will be brought together in Tokyo on Friday. The flame will be used to light the cauldron at the opening ceremony on August 24.