Ljubljana – Seven Slovenian athletes will compete at the Summer Paralympics, which kick off in Tokyo on Tuesday. The team is smaller than usual due to quota restrictions and strict qualifying norms, and is a mixture of novices and experienced athletes who have participated in several Summer Paralympics before.
The team features shooters Franček Gorazd Tiršek and Franc Pinter, track-and-field athlete Henrik Plank, cyclist Anej Doplihar, swimmer Tim Žnidaršič Svenšek, table tennis player Luka Trtnik and archer Dejan Fabčič.
Fabčič, who will be participating in his third Summer Paralympics in as many sports, will carry the Slovenian flag at the opening ceremony, while Pinter will be taking part in his eighth Olympic Games for athletes with disabilities.
Until 5 September, a total of 4,537 athletes from 162 countries will compete in 22 sports. Competition starts on Wednesday.