Paralympians head home as Tokyo Games end

Paralympic athletes and staff members are heading home after the Tokyo Paralympic Games came to a close on Sunday.

More than 2,000 people who took part in the Games are flying out of Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, on Monday.

Many Tokyo Games volunteers from Chiba did not have a chance to take part because the events were mostly held without spectators. They waved farewell to the teams through a monitor in the departure lobby.

The volunteers could remotely control small robots to say thank you to the athletes. Some people received origami medals that had been folded by the volunteers.

A French badminton player said Japanese people were always asking, with a smile, if the athletes needed something and he thought that was great. He said, "I hope in my country in 2024, we'll have the same."
He thanked Japan for holding the Games in a difficult situation with the coronavirus.

The organizing committee reported six new infections on Monday. One was a person from abroad related to the Games. The other five were contractors.

The total number of infections confirmed among people involved in the Paralympics is 306.