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Tokyo 2020: Paralympic hopefuls react to the new dates

Para athletes take to social media with optimism following the latest announcement about next year's Paralympics 30 Mar 2020
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a female Para swimmer smiling in the pool
Teresa Perales can start counting down towards a new Paralympic dream
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By IPC

Para athletes across the world expressed their optimism on social media following the confirmation that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place from 24 August - 5 September 2021.

The news comes almost a week after the announcement that Tokyo 2020 would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the USA, three-time Paralympic swimming champion McKenzie Coan can look forward to a second Games appearance, while wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden has a realistic target to add to her collection of accolades. 

Over in Great Britain, Dan Greaves can target a sixth Paralympic Games, while Stef Reid can hope third times a charm to leap to an elusive gold medal. 

 

Brazil's most decorated Paralympian Daniel Dias tweeted: "Now we have a date! May the countdown begin!"

Spain's swimming legend Teresa Perales posted: "We already know the dates of the Paralympic Games for next year. 512 days ahead to prepare us to fulfill our dream. Let's dream together."

France's European champion long jumper Angelina Lanza shared: "Let's go for 512 days of preparation, training, tears and sweat."