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2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo




Host City: Tokyo, Japan

Motto: “United by Emotion”

Number of Athletes: 4,400 (expected)

Events: 540 in 22 sports

Opening Ceremony: On Tuesday, 24 August

Closing Ceremony:     On Sunday, 5 September

Opened By: Emperor Naruhito (expected)

Stadium: Japan National Stadium

# The 2021 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan is named ‘2020 Paralympic Games’.

# It is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

# It is the 16th Summer Paralympic Games.

# The Tokyo Paralympics were originally scheduled to take place between 25 August and 6 September 2020.

# Both the Olympics and Paralympics were postponed to 2021, in March 2020, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

# The events are still being branded as Tokyo 2020 for marketing purposes.

# This will mark the second Summer Paralympics to be hosted by Tokyo since the 1964 Games.

# It will also be the third Paralympics held in Japan overall, since the 1998 Winter Paralympics.

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

# Participating Nations:

* As of 12 August 2021, 135 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) had been qualified.

* Bhutan and Guyana will make their debut appearances at the Paralympic Games

* Solomon Islands will make their second appearance after missing out of the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

* Russia’s situation –

I. On 9 December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia from all international sport for a period of four years.

II. That was after the Russian Govt. was found to have tampered with lab data that it provided to WADA in January 2019 as a condition of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency being reinstated.

III. As a result of the ban, WADA allows individually cleared Russian athletes to take part in the 2020 Summer Paralympics under a neutral banner, as instigated at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

IV. But they will not be permitted to compete in team sports.

V. On 26 April 2021 it was confirmed Russian athletes would represent the Russian Paralympic Committee, with the acronym ‘RPC’.