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Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics Have Record Number Of Openly LGBTQ Athletes

BP World Bureau | Aug 26 2021 09:02:47 AM
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TOKYO, JAPAN: Both Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this year saw a record number of openly gay athletes. 

2020 Tokyo Olympics saw a record number of 185 openly LGBTQ athletes competing, which resulted in some 32 medals won.

A record number of 30 openly LGBT+athletes are participating in the Paralympics. 

Numbers recorded this year are three times greater than what was seen at the 2016 Rio Olympics and double the number at the Paralympics held that year, with 56 and 12 athletes respectively. 

In Paralympics, the United States and Great Britain each have nine openly gay athletes competing. 

Other nations include;  Canada (3), Australia (2), Germany (2) and Brazil (2). More women are openly gay this year compared to men in these games. 

Dutee Chand is one of the athletes included in the list.