The final medal event programme and athlete quotas were approved by the IPC Governing Board, confirming that Beijing 2022 could be the biggest Paralympic Winter Games to date.
The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games will feature a maximum of 736 Para athletes and 78 medal events. In addition to having 39 medal events for men, 35 events for women and four mixed events, there will be a maximum of 222 slots available for women.
The Para alpine skiing programme will feature 30 medal events (15 male, 15 female). There will be slots for 140 men, and 80 women, which represents a 7.7 per cent and 33.3 per cent growth respectively on the number of slots offered at PyeongChang 2018.
The Para Nordic skiing medal event programme is unchanged from PyeongChang 2018 with 38 gold medals up for grabs (18 for men, 18 for women and two mixed events). The main difference is the increase in athlete quotas with 120 men’s and 90 women’s spots available. In PyeongChang there were 100 slots for men and 60 for women.
Snowboard made its Paralympic debut at Sochi 2014 and at Beijing 2022 it will feature eight medal events. The women’s programme, which had provisionally included six events, will comprise two medal events.
The USA will be hoping to win a fourth successive Paralympic title in Para ice hockey at Beijing 2022 and eight teams will once again take to the ice, this time at the National Indoor Stadium.
After its successful expansion at PyeongChang 2018 where China won a first Paralympic winter gold, wheelchair curling will again feature 12 mixed gender teams with each team required to include at least one female player. Competition will take place in the iconic Water Cube venue that was used for Para swimming during the 2008 Paralympics and is currently undergoing a transformation into the Ice Cube for the 2022 Games.