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2020 Summer Paralympics, Tokyo, Japan

Updated/Revised Date: 2022-04-10
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (
Additional References: 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Publications

Synopsis: The 2020 Summer Paralympics, the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event, will be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 24th August - 5th September 2021. The new dates were confirmed on March 30th by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The 2020 Paralympics sent a strong message of inclusion not just to Japan but to the rest of Asia, building on previous successful games in the continent.


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Are the 2020 Paralympics Still Scheduled for 2021?

Yes, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are currently rescheduled to take place between 24th August - 5th September 2021. The new dates were confirmed on March 30th by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The 2020 Summer Paralympics will be the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event. 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 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 both the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games.

22 Events Scheduled For 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 the Paralympic program, where they would debut at the 2020 Games:

In addition to this, three extra disciplines in existing Paralympic events were also put forward for consideration:

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.

Direct Qualification Events for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Update

Seven Para sports have confirmed direct qualification opportunities for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Athletes in archery, canoe, rowing, sitting volleyball, shooting, taekwondo and table tennis have a chance to secure their nation’s tickets to Tokyo 2020, which are set to take place from 24 August - 5 September 2021. Nine direct qualification events are scheduled in between now and the Games, while other valid events in several sports are also taking place for qualification rankings or to achieve eligibility.

Tokyo 2020 Direct Qualification Events
Rowing 2021 World Rowing Asian and Oceanian Paralympic Qualification Regatta 5-7 May Tokyo, Japan 1 male, 1 female
Taekwondo European Qualification Tournament 9 May Sofia, Bulgaria 3 male, 3 female
Canoe 2021 ICF Para canoe World Cup I 13-15 May Szeged, Hungary 18 male, 15 female*
Taekwondo Asian Qualification Tournament 23 May Amman, Jordan 3 male, 3 female
Sitting volleyball Men’s Final Paralympic Qualification Tournament 1-5 June Duisburg, Germany 1 team (12 athletes)
Rowing 2021 World Rowing Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta 3-5 June Gavirate, Italy 7 male, 7 female
Table tennis Paralympic World Qualification Tournament 3-5 June Lasko, Slovenia 11 male, 10 female
Shooting 2021 WSPS World Cup 10-19 June Lima, Peru 5 male, 6 female, 7 gender-free
Archery World Qualification Tournament 4-11 July Nove Mesto, Czech Republic 11 male, 12 female*

*This includes reallocation of slots from previous methods.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic qualification regulations are available on the IPC website

Venues for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Sports
Archery Dream Island Archery Field
Athletics Olympic stadium
Badminton Yoyogi National Stadium
Boccia Olympic Gymnastic Centre
Canoe Sea Forest Waterway
Equestrian Baji Koen
Goalball Makuhari Messe
Judo Nippon Budokan
Rowing Sea Forest Waterway
Shooting Asaka Shooting Range
Swimming Olympic Aquatics Centre
Table Tennis Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Taekwondo Makuhari Messe
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 Accessible

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.

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Latest 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Publications

Guidelines cover details for stakeholder groups to help them complete preparations for traveling to and arriving in Japan, their time at the Games, and their departure from Tokyo.
Publish Date: 2021-06-15

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board discuss impact of COVID-19 pandemic across the Paralympic Movement, including the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Publish Date: 2020-07-11 - Updated: 2021-08-23

Agitos Foundation launches call for nominations for I'mPOSSIBLE Award, to be presented at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.
Publish Date: 2020-02-06 - Updated: 2020-02-19
Wheelchair Basketball May be Removed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games thumbnail image.
IPC warns International Wheelchair Basketball Federation of possible removal of wheelchair basketball from upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Publish Date: 2020-01-31

Additional 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games Publications

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