Tokyo, Oct 29 : A documentary film on the inaugural Paralympic Games held during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics has been restored decades after it was believed to have been lost to the world of cinema and sports.
‘Tokyo Paralympics: Festival of Love and Glory’, the 63-minute documentary on the 1964 sporting event made in the same year, is one of the major highlights of the ongoing Tokyo International Film Festival. Shot in black and white, the film was lost after its release in 1965. Discovered by the Japanese film industry recently, the film has been restored ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 2012 London Paralympic Games may have achieved phenomenal success in helping sports fans across the world embrace the extraordinary skills of sports with disabilities, but the first Paralympics took place decades before in the Japanese capital.
The term Paralympics was first used in 1964 during the Tokyo Olympics, the first
Olympics hosted by an Asian country. The 1964 Tokyo Paralympic Games received remarkable participation from sports lovers with families with small children flocking to the stadiums to witness action on the track and field. (UNI)