Tokyo 2020: 5 things you should know25.08.2017
The sixteenth Paralympics will kick off in exactly three years.
With three years to go until Tokyo 2020, here are five things you should know about the sixteenth Paralympic Games.
1. Tokyo 2020 will be held between 25 August-6 September.
2. The sports programme will feature 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo making their Paralympic debut. The other 20 sports included will be athletics, archery, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. At the same time, football 7-a-side and sailing will leave the programme.
3. "The success of the Paralympics is really the key to the success of the overall Games here,” Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told Japantoday.com. “I believe putting weight on hosting a successful Paralympics is more important than a successful Olympics.”
4. Tokyo was selected host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2013, after two rounds of voting against Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain.
5. Tokyo 2020 medals will be made of recycled mobile phones. The Organising Committee aims to collect as much as eight tons of raw metal – around 40kg of gold, 4,900kg of silver and 2,900kg of bronze - which following the production process will yield around two tons of pure metal, enough to produce 5,000 medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
More information is available on Tokyo 2020’s website.