Definition: Defining the Meaning of 2020 Paralympics
The 2020 Summer Paralympics will be the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event, scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2020. Tokyo was announced as host of the games on 7 September 2013. Tokyo had last hosted the games in 1964 and will soon be the first city to host the Summer Paralympics twice.
The 2020 Summer Paralympics will be the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event, scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2020. Tokyo had last hosted the games in 1964 and will soon be the first city to host the Summer Paralympics twice.
The IOC voted to select the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7 September 2013 at the 125th IOC Session at the Buenos Aires Hilton in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Three candidate cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, bid for the Games and after a secret ballot, IOC members chose Tokyo as the host city for 2020.
22 events are scheduled to make up the 2020 Paralympics.
Cycling events will be split into two disciplines; road and track.
Team events of Goalball, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball will have men's and women's events, Wheelchair Rugby will be a mixed event, while the football events are only open to male competitors.
In January 2014, it was announced that six new events had applied for inclusion in Paralympic program, where they would debut at the 2020 Games:
- Amputee Football
- Basketball - Intellectual Impairment
- Electric Wheelchair Hockey
- Powerchair Football
In addition to this, three extra disciplines in existing Paralympic events were also put forward for consideration:
- Sailing - Visually impaired Match racing
- Sailing - One person multi-hull
- Wheelchair Basketball 3x3
The 2020 Paralympics will send a strong message of inclusion not just to Japan but to the rest of Asia building on previous successful Games in the continent.
The bid's "Discover Tomorrow" vision aims to put Tokyo's power for innovation and inspiration at the heart of the Games and in terms of the Paralympics this means further accessibility improvements and a strong focus on sport for a better and healthier city.
|Venues for Paralympic Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Sports:|
|Archery||Dream Island Archery Field|
|Badminton||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|Boccia||Olympic Gymnastic Centre|
|Canoe||Sea Forest Waterway|
|Rowing||Sea Forest Waterway|
|Shooting||Asaka Shooting Range|
|Swimming||Olympic Aquatics Centre|
|Table Tennis||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|Triathlon||Odaiba Marine Park|
|Sitting volleyball||Makuhari Messe|
|Wheelchair basketball||Ariake Arena and Musashino Forest Sport Centre|
|Wheelchair fencing||Makuhari Messe|
|Wheelchair rugby||Yoyogi National Stadium|
|Wheelchair tennis||Ariake Tennis Park|
Areas around Tokyo Olympic venues to be made more accessible to disabled people:
The land and transport ministry is planning to remove all barriers that might hamper people with disabilities on a total of 20 km of national roads around the venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other tourist facilities.
Part of the effort will be evening out sidewalk levels and installing Braille tiles.
Looking to promote barrier-free facilities in an integrated way, the ministry will set up a liaison team with the central government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and ward governments.
To date, the ministry has made roads under its management more accessible in areas around railway stations, government agencies and welfare facilities, but people with disabilities still face difficulties in many locations.
The ministry also intends to support such improvements for roads operated by the metropolitan and other local governments.