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Indigenous athletes medal at Paralympics

Athletes broke records, captured the world's attention at Tokyo games

 

Indigenous athlete Tupou Neiufi of New Zealand won a gold medal for in the 100-meter backstroke at the Tokyo Paralympics, which ran Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. Neiufi, who is of Tongan descent, led for the whole race. Photo courtesy New Zealand Paralympics.

By Dan Ninham. Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today.

Among the thousands of athletes at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics Games in Tokyo, at least seven Indigenous medalists stood on the podium representing not just their co...



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