Tokyo 2020: Paralympic superstars take over the city
New campaign marking one year to go features Paralympians at iconic Tokyo landmarks23 Aug 2019
Markus Rehm in front of the iconic Tokyo Tower to mark one year to go until the Paralympics
By Tokyo 2020 and IPC
To mark one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, organisers have launched a new campaign featuring some of the world’s best Paralympians at iconic landmarks in the host city.
The first campaign image features German athletics superstar Markus Rehm, a triple gold medallist at London 2012 and Rio 2016, pictured in front of the world-famous Tokyo Tower. Rehm, who is targeting this third successive long jump Paralympic gold at Tokyo 2020, currently holds the world record in the T64 class, jumping a phenomenal 8.48m – roughly three table tennis tables in length.
“I am very honoured to be selected as the first athlete for the campaign,” said Rehm. “The result is amazing! I hope that many people will see the image and will come to the stadium with their family for what will be a historic Paralympic Games.”
Rehm is currently in Tokyo to celebrate one year to go and on Sunday (25 August) he will try to break his record at a special Para sports demonstration event in Yoyogi Park, one of the venues used at the 1964 Paralympic Games.
In 2020, Tokyo will become the ﬁrst-ever city to host the Paralympic Games twice and the city is readying for a never-seen before festival of sports.
The people of Japan will witness ﬁrst-hand the dynamic and breath-taking performances of the Para athletes. The Ticket Lottery for Japanese residents opened on Thursday with tickets for the biggest and most exciting Paralympic Games being offered at affordable prices designed to attract family audiences. Seats at competitive events will be priced from just JPY 900 and will cost no more than JPY 7,000.
The poster campaign will continue until 12 September with four more images showcasing the superstars of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the must-see locations of the Japanese capital.