Tokyo erects Paralympic Games ‘Agitos’ symbol in bay

Tokyo, Aug 20 (EFE) .- Tokyo installed Friday the giant structure of the symbol of the Paralympic Games in the capital’s bay before the international sports competition starts next week.

The placement of the Paralympic monument, also known as the three “Agitos,” consists of three curved colored lines in green, blue and red, and its name comes from the Latin “agito” (“I move”).

The host capital had planned to install it at the beginning of the week, but persistent rains delayed it until Friday.

The three “Agitos” symbolize movement and their colors are the most used in the flags of the world, thus representing the union of parathletes in the competition, which in Tokyo 2020 will add 4,400 athletes from 160 nations.

The symbol is also a reflection of the will of each athlete to inspire through sports improvement and the one installed in Tokyo Bay is the latest redesign of the emblem that the Paralympic movement presented in 2019.

Like the rings during past Olympics, the Paralympic monument stands on a platform above the sea in Tokyo Bay in the Odaiba Marine Park.

The structure of the monument is made of steel, it is 94 tons in weight and approximately 23.4 meters wide and 17.5 meters high.

The installation of the “Agitos” in the bay coincides with the arrival of the Paralympic torch to the Tokyo capital, which this afternoon receives the different flames that have been lit throughout the archipelago and that will make up a single torch Friday in an event behind closed doors due to the state of the pandemic.

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will start Tuesday and end Sep. 5. EFE


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