The IPC Governing Board approved the powerlifting and track cycling venues that will be used for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at a meeting in Bonn, Germany, on Saturday (16 April) bringing the total number of approved venues to 21.
Last November, the IPC approved the first 19 venues and have now confirmed that in 2020 the Tokyo International Forum will host powerlifting events whilst track cycling will be staged at the Izu Velodrome, located in the Shizuoka Prefecture.
The decision on the venues for football 5-a-side and road cycling will be made following the outcome of studies by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “The IPC now has approved 21 of the 23 venues that form part of Tokyo 2020’s “Athlete-first” Paralympic Games venue masterplan. We are delighted to make great progress in finally securing the powerlifting and track cycling venues and look forward to approving the football 5-a-side and road cycling venues in the future.
“Tokyo 2020 is currently conducting a number of studies into both the football 5 venue and road cycling course in order to ensure both provide the best possible experience for the athletes. We hope once the studies are complete we can approve both venues at our earliest opportunity.”
Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 CEO said: “I am very pleased that the International Paralympic Committee has given its approval to the two new venues. The powerlifting and track cycling competitions will take place in venues that will be an ideal fit for the specific requirements of these Paralympic sports.
“We are delivering on our commitment to achieving an ‘athlete-first’ Games concept, and are looking forward to witnessing stunning performances in these venues that will inspire the next generation of athletes.”
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between 25 August and 6 September.