2020 Summer Paralympics

The 2020 Summer Paralympics (Japanese: 第十六回パラリンピック競技大会 Hepburn: Dai Jūroku-kai Pararinpikku Kyōgi Taikai) are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. Scheduled as the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, it is planned to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 25 August to 6 September 2020. This will mark the second time Tokyo has hosted the Paralympics, as they were first hosted there in 1964 alongside the 1964 Summer Olympics.

These Games will see the introduction of badminton and taekwondo to the Paralympic programme, replacing sailing and 7-a-side football.

XVI Paralympic Games
2020 Summer Paralympics logo new
Host cityTokyo, Japan
MottoDiscover Tomorrow
(Japanese: 未来あしたをつかもう)
Athletes4400 (expected)
Events540 in 22 sports
Opening25 August
Closing6 September
Opened by
Emperor of Japan (expected)
StadiumNew National Stadium
Summer
Rio 2016 Paris 2024
Winter
PyeongChang 2018 Beijing 2022

Bids

As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee first established in 2001, the winner of the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics must also host the 2020 Summer Paralympics.[1] After the second round of voting, which followed a tie-breaker, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were awarded to Tokyo at the 125th IOC Session,

2020 Summer Olympics host city election[2]
City NOC name Round 1 Runoff Round 2
Tokyo  Japan 42 60
Istanbul  Turkey 26 49 36
Madrid  Spain 26 45

Preparations

Transport

Ahead of the 2016 Summer Paralympics closing ceremony, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike advocated for the city to improve its accessibility as a legacy project for the Games. She cited narrow roadways with no sidewalks, and buildings constructed with narrow doorways and low ceilings, as challenges that needed to be overcome. In particular, she called for a transition to underground power lines to facilitate the widening of roads.[3][4][5]

Volunteers

In September 2018 applications to be volunteers as the Olympic and Paralympic Games were released. By January 2019 186,101 application had been received. Interviews to whittle the numbers down began in February 2019 and training taking place in October 2019.[6] The volunteers at the venues will be known as "Field Cast" and the volunteers in the city will be known as "City Cast." These names were chosen from a shortlist of four out of a original 149 pairs of names. The other shortlisted names were "Shining Blue and Shining Blue Tokyo", "Games Anchor and City Anchor" and "Games Force and City Force." The names were chosen by the people who had applied to be volunteers at the games.[7]

Medals

In January 2016 the task force that was created to look at the legacy of the games recommended that Tokyo follows Rio's lead and make the medals from recycled materials.[8] while a petition created in July 2016 calling for the medals to be made from recycled material had 10,000 signatures by October 2016.[9] The medals for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be constructed using recycled metals; the organizing committee began an electronics recycling program to obtain the materials,with boxes for people to donate old mobile phones appearing from April 2017.[10][11] Organisers needed to collect eight tonnes of metal - 40 kilograms of gold, 4,290kg of silver and 2,944kg of bronze in order to make the medals for the Olympic and Paralympic games.[12] In May 2018 the organising committee noted that they had a shortage of silver needed for the medals.[13] In November 2018 organisers announced that they had reached their 2,700 kilograms target of bronze and expected that the required amount of gold and silver would be reached by March 2019 for the medals.[14][15] In December 2017 the organising committee launched a competition with the winner having their design on the medals.[16]

Torch

Aluminium taken from temporary housing in Fukushima will be used to make the torches for the Olympic and Paralympic flames. More than 10,000 pieces of aluminium will be used and organisers contacted local authorities to see which houses were no longer being used.[15] In December 2018,organisers announced that the slogan of the relay would be Share Your Light. The relay will take place in minor scale than the olympic relay ,starting in Tokyo, and local flames are to be lighted through Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures where events of the games will be held.[17][18]

The Games

Sports

Events in 22 sports will be held during the 2020 Summer Paralympics. Cycling events will be split into road and track disciplines. Team events of goalball, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball continue as men's and women's events, wheelchair rugby continues to be a mixed event, while 5-a-side-football will only be open to male competitors.[19] New events and classifications have also been added or realigned in other sports.[20][21]

New sports

In January 2014, the IPC began accepting bids for new sports to be added to the Paralympic programme; they included amputee football, badminton, electric wheelchair hockey, powerchair football, and taekwondo. New disciplines were also proposed in existing events, including visually impaired match racing and one-person multi-hull in sailing, and 3-on-3 basketball in intellectually disabled (ID) and wheelchair classifications.[22][23]

On 31 January 2015, the IPC officially announced that badminton and taekwondo had been added to the Paralympic programme for 2020, which will replace 7-a-side football and sailing (both dropped due to an insufficient international reach).[19]

Test events

There will be test events before the Olympic and Paralympic Games,[24][25] they will be contested from June 2019 to June 2020 before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics. The selected Paralympic sports will be athletics (2-3 May 2020), goalball (28-29 September 2019), paratriathlon (15-18 August 2019) , powerlifting (26-27 September 2019), swimming (16 April 2020) and wheelchair rugby (12-15 March 2020). It was announced in February 2019 that test events would be under the banner "Ready, Steady, Tokyo." 22 of the 56 events would be organised by the Tokyo organising committee and the rest by national and international organisations. World Sailing’s World Cup Series held at Enoshima was the first test event, with last one set to be the Tokyo Challenge Track Meet in May 2020.[26]

Venues

The venues for the Paralympic games as detailed on the Tokyo 2020 official website.[27]

Rainbow Bridge,Tokyo Bay from Odaiba
Tokyo Bay, where a number of events will be held
Nippon Budokan 2010
Nippon Budokan, host of the Judo event
Tokyo Big Sight at Night
The International Broadcast and Main Press Centre

Heritage Zone

Tokyo Bay Zone

Venues Outside 10km Area

Non-Competition Venues

  • Harumi Futo Paralympic Village
  • Tokyo Big Sight Conference Tower - International Media and Broadcast Centre

Marketing

The emblems of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled 25 April 2016. The Paralympic emblem features a hand fan in a circle form, filled with an indigo-colored checkerboard pattern. The design is meant to "express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan".[29] The designs replaced a previous emblem which had been scrapped due to allegations that it plagiarized the logo of the Théâtre de Liège in Belgium.

Mascot

Tokyo 2020 mascots
Someity (right), the Paralympic mascot, and Miraitowa (left), the Olympic mascot

The shortlist of mascots for the Tokyo Games was unveiled on 7 December 2017 and the winning entry was announced on 28 February 2018. Candidate pair A, created by Ryo Taniguchi, received the most votes (109,041) and was declared the winner, defeating Kana Yano's pair B (61,423 votes) and Sanae Akimoto's pair C (35,291 votes). Someity is a figure with pink chequered patterns inspired by the Games' official logo, and cherry blossom flowers; it has a calm but powerful ability, it is nature loving and speaks to the wind. Both Miraitowa and Someity were named by the Organising Committee by 22 July 2018.[30]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Wilson, Stephen (8 September 2013). "Results of the IOC vote to host the 2020 Summer Olympics". Austin American-Statesman. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ "2016 Rio Paralympics: 2020 host Tokyo to undergo major overhauls to provide better disability access". Adelaide Now. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Marukawa says Tokyo must solve traffic issue before 2020 Games". The Japan Times. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Paralympics could help remake Tokyo's narrow roads, doorways". Japan Today. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Tokyo 2020: 180,000 apply to be volunteers". IPC.
  7. ^ https://www.olympic.org/news/volunteer-names-unveiled-for-tokyo-2020
  8. ^ https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1033371/tokyo-2020-could-follow-rios-lead-with-recycled-medals
  9. ^ https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1042524/campaign-underway-to-use-recycled-metal-to-make-tokyo-2020-medals
  10. ^ Palmer, Dan (1 February 2017). "Tokyo 2020 urge public to help create recycled medals". inside the games.
  11. ^ "Project to recycle old mobile phones for Olympic medals gets off to slow start". The Japan Times Online. 2 January 2018. ISSN 0447-5763. Archived from the original on 4 November 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  12. ^ Pavitt, Michael (29 June 2017). "Coventry contributes to medal project and praises Tokyo 2020's empowerment of athletes". inside the games.
  13. ^ https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1064844/japan-struggles-for-silver-for-tokyo-2020-medals
  14. ^ Pavitt, Michael (25 November 2018). "Bach donates to project recycling metals for Tokyo 2020 medals". inside the games.
  15. ^ a b Gillen, Nancy (4 January 2019). "Recycled aluminium from temporary housing in Fukushima to be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torches". inside the games.
  16. ^ Etchells, Daniel (22 December 2017). "Tokyo 2020 launches Olympic and Paralympic medal design competition". inside the games.
  17. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Torch Relay concept revealed". IPC. 21 December 2018.
  18. ^ https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/torch/paralympic/
  19. ^ a b "IPC announces final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports program". International Paralympic Committee. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  20. ^ "New medal event added to road cycling schedule for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games". Inside the Games. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  21. ^ "Paralympic medal programme for Tokyo 2020 announced with athletics and swimming events reduced". Inside the Games. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Sports apply for 2020 Tokyo Paralympic inclusion". BBC Sport. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  23. ^ "Six sports and three disciplines confirmed as bidding for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics inclusion". insidethegames.biz. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  24. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Test Events". Tokyo 2020. 3 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Test event schedule announced". www.paralympic.org. 2 October 2018.
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  28. ^ Badminton originally to be held at Youth Plaza Arena; venue moved in June 2015. "東京五輪、26競技の会場決定 自転車・サッカー除き". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
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  30. ^ "10th Meeting of the Mascot Selection Panel" (Press release). Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.

External links

Preceded by
Rio de Janeiro
Summer Paralympics
Tokyo

XVI Paralympic Winter Games (2020)
Succeeded by
Paris
2020 Summer Paralympics torch relay

The 2020 Summer Paralympics torch relay will run from August 13 until August 25, 2020. After being lit in somewhere in Japan, the torch will travel around Japan and will end in Tokyo's New National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Paralympics. The relay will take place in minor scale than the olympic relay ,starting in Tokyo, and local flames are to be lighted through Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures where events of the games will be held. The end of the relay was the closing to the 2020 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony.

Archery at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Archery at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at Dream Island Archery Park in Tokyo Bay Zone. It will consist of 9 events (3 men, 3 women, 3 mixed teams). It is expected that there will be 140 archer slots in the qualifying rounds to the countdown of the Games.

Boccia at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Boccia at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place in the Olympic Gymnastics Centre. There is expected to be 116 qualification slots (34 females, 82 gender free) across eight mixed events: four individual events, two pairs events and one team event.

Cycling at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Cycling at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will take part in two separate locations. Between the dates of 26 to 29 August, track cycling will take place at the Izu Velodrome and from 1 to 4 September, road cycling will take place on the Fuji Speedway.

Equestrian at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Equestrian at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Tokyo Equestrian Park. There will be eleven gender free events taking place: ten individual events and one mixed team event.

Football 5-a-side at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Football 5-a-side in the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at the Aomi Urban Sports Venue in Tokyo.

Goalball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Goalball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held in the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo.

Judo at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Judo at the 2020 Summer Paralympics at Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Nippon Budokan. There will be expected to be 138 qualified slots (80 male, 58 female) in 13 events - 7 male events, 6 female events.

Paracanoeing at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Paracanoeing at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take part at the Sea Forest Waterway, the same location where rowing will take place too.

Paratriathlon at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Paratriathlon at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Odaiba Marine Park. This will be the second time that paratriathlon will be scheduled in the Paralympics. There will be eight events (four events for men and women each); two more events than previously contested at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

The race course will be 750m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run, the swimming part of the race will take place at the Odaiba Bay while the cycling and running courses will travel through the West Promenade district of Odaiba which will feature waterfalls and public gardens.

Powerlifting at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Powerlifting at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan. It will be held at the Tokyo International Forum.

Rowing at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Rowing at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Sea Forest Waterway, the same location as the paracanoeing events are located.

Shooting at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Shooting in the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at Asaka Shooting Range.

Table tennis at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Table tennis at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. There will be expected to be 280 qualified slots (174 male, 106 female) to compete in male and female events.

Taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Taekwondo at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at the Makuhari Messe; the same location where goalball, volleyball and wheelchair fencing will take place. This is the first time that taekwondo will be scheduled in the Summer Paralympic Games.

Volleyball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Volleyball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at the Makuhari Messe.

Wheelchair basketball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair basketball at the 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held at two venues: Musashino Forest Sports Plaza for group stage rounds and Ariake Arena for finals.

Wheelchair rugby at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair rugby at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will be hosted at the Yoyogi National Stadium .

Wheelchair tennis at the 2020 Summer Paralympics

Wheelchair tennis at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan will take place at the Ariake Tennis Park between 28th August to 5th September.

Participating National Paralympic Committees
  •  Argentina
  •  Australia
  •  Belgium
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  •  Brazil
  •  Canada
  •  Chile
  •  China
  •  Colombia
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Czech Republic
  •  Denmark
  •  Egypt
  •  Finland
  •  France
  •  Great Britain
  •  Germany
  •  Greece
  •  Hungary
  •  India
  •  Iran
  •  Ireland
  •  Israel
  •  Italy
  •  Japan (host)
  •  Mexico
  •  Mongolia
  •  Netherlands
  •  New Zealand
  •  North Macedonia
  •  Peru
  •  Poland
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Serbia
  •  Slovakia
  •  Spain
  •  South Africa
  •  South Korea
  •  Sweden
  •  Turkey
  •  Ukraine
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  United States
  •  Uzbekistan
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