All the You Need to Know About the Tokyo Paralympics 2020

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The Tokyo Paralympics 2020-21 is a major multisport international parasport event governed by the International Paralympic Games. The Tokyo Paralympics plays a major role in encouraging people with disabilities to showcase their talents in various fields of sports. It also aims to change people’s perception of physical and mental disabilities, hence Tokyo Paralympics is as important as the Tokyo Olympics. Read this blog to know everything about the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics 2020. 

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Latest Updates on Tokyo Paralympics 2020

  • Sumit Antil not only won gold, but he also broke the world record three times in the men’s javelin (F64) event at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday. Sumit Antil’s world-record effort earned India its second gold medal in the Paralympics in Tokyo, which are now underway.
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  • Singhraj Adhana won the bronze medal in the P1 Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1 final with 216.8 points. Manish Narwal, the other Indian in the competition, ended in seventh place. This is India’s second bronze medal of the competition, bringing the country’s total to eight – two gold, four silver, and two bronze.
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  • Avani Lekhara created history on 30th August, 2021, Monday by becoming the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal, blasting her way to the top of the podium in the R-2 women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event. The 19-year-old Jaipur native, who suffered spinal cord damage in a car collision in 2012, ended with a world record-equaling total of 249.6, which also set a new Paralympic record.
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  • It was a bright start to the day for India on August 26th, 2021, when Bhavinaben Patel booked her berth in the knockout stages of the Paralympics at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Bhavina faced Megan Shackleton of Great Britain in a match that she won 3-1.
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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded the Indian contingent and wished them success in the tournament during the Opening Ceremony. On Tuesday, the Tokyo Paralympic Games began with a ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in the Japanese capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi rushed to Twitter to wish the Indian team success ahead of the Games, and he also uploaded a video of himself cheering them on while watching the opening ceremony.

  • After Mariyappan Thangavelu was quarantined as a close contact of a Covid positive individual on his trip to Tokyo, javelin thrower Tek Chand was designated the new flagbearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony.

  • On Tuesday, 24th August 2021, the Afghanistan flag was raised at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. Two Afghan competitors were scheduled to compete at the Paralympic Games until Afghanistan’s National Paralympic Committee (NPC) backed out owing to aircraft cancellations from Kabul. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) previously stated that the flag will be displayed in Tokyo as a symbol of solidarity and peace. IPC President Andrew Parsons stated in the announcement, “We will incorporate the Afghanistan flag in the Ceremony as a gesture of support.”

  • Tokyo 2020 has become the largest Paralympic Games in history, with a record number of competitors competing. Furthermore, more female athletes than ever before will compete in the postponed Games, which commenced on Tuesday, 24th August 2021.  Japan has the most athletes in the Games, with 254, nearly doubling their representation from Rio 2016. There will be a total of 4,403 competitors competing in 22 sports and 23 disciplines (2,550 male/1,853 female). Rio 2016 had the previous record for the most athletes at a Games with 4,328, therefore Tokyo currently holds the record for the most athletes at the Paralympics.

Schedule for Tokyo Paralympics 2020

The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 24th August 2021 to 5th September 2021. Interestingly, Tokyo Paralympics 2021 marks the second summer Paralympics to be hosted by Tokyo since the 1964 Paralympics games and the third Paralympics to be held in Japan since the 1998 Winter Paralympics. The schedule for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is as follows:

Date First Week Events
August 24, 2021 Opening ceremony
August 25, 2021 Cycling track, Goalball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair rugby
August 26, 2021 Cycling track, Equestrian, Goalball, Powerlifting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair rugby
August 27, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Cycling track, Equestrian, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair rugby, Wheelchair tennis
August 28, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling track, Equestrian, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Triathlon, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair rugby, Wheelchair tennis
August 29, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Equestrian, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Triathlon, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair rugby, Wheelchair tennis
August 30, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Equestrian, Football, Goalball, Powerlifting, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis
August 31, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling road, Football, Goalball, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis
September 1, 2021 Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Cycling road, Goalball, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis

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Date Second Week Events
September 2, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Canoe sprint, Cycling road, Football 5-a-side, Goalball, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis
September 3, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Canoe sprint, Cycling road, Goalball, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis
September 4, 2021 Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Canoe sprint, Football, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Taekwondo, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair tennis
September 5, 2021 Closing ceremony, Athletics, Badminton, Shooting, Sitting volleyball, Wheelchair basketball

Preparations for Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Torch Relay

A torch relay is held before the official beginning of the Olympics and Paralympics. Throughout the torch relay, the flame announces the commencement of the Olympics and Paralympics games as well as spreading the message of peace and friendship between people and the participants. The torch relay ends at the opening ceremony of the Olympics and Paralympics games. 

A person holds a lit Olympic torch, as a half-dozen teammates watch in the background.
Courtesy: The Atlantic

For the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, the torch relay is scheduled to be held between 18th August 2021 to 21st August 2021. The torch relay will be held throughout the four prefectures that will be co-hosting the Paralympics events until the commencement of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics. 

Security Protocols 

It is expected that the Tokyo Paralympics will be held with no spectators due to the rising cases of Covid-19. The organizing committee has discussed possible alternatives for spectator presence such as local school students. This tactic was also expected during the Tokyo Olympics, however, they were dismissed because of the pandemic. Additionally, the countermeasures that are to be adopted by the participants of the Tokyo Paralympics are as follows :

  • Avoid the 3Cs ( Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, Close Contact)
  • Prevent droplet transmission and contact infection by wearing proper face masks. 
  • Thorough sterilisation and disinfection through frequent hand-washing and sanitation. 
  • Restriction of the spectator participation, instead watches live-streamed transmission. 
  • Thoroughly manage and monitor health conditions and swift reporting of any sickness or positive Covid-19 result. 

Medals

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Just like the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the medals of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 will be made with the help of recycled metals obtained through the electronics recycling program.  The unique features of the medal include :

  • The design of the medal is inspired by traditional folding hand fans which symbolise the shared experience of the Paralympics participants. The alternating sectors contain textured areas which visually and tactually depict rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water to symbolise the geology of Japan.
  • Also, in the medal, the area where the pivot meets the fan represents the unity of Paralympic athletes. 
  • The sides of the medal contain an untextured version of the fan pattern, the Paralympic emblem, and inscriptions in braille. 
  • Additionally, To help those with visual impairments, the edges and ribbons of the medals contain one, two, or three circular indentations and silicone convex dots for gold, silver, and bronze medals respectively so that they can be easily identified by touch.

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Sports Events at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

The Tokyo Paralympics 2021 will see the introduction of badminton and taekwondo to the existing events, in place of sailing and 7-a-side football. It is anticipated that 540 events in 22 sports will be held as a part of the Tokyo Paralympics. While team events such as goalball, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball will continue as men’s and women’s events, Wheelchair Rugby is a mixed event. Also, the 5-a-side-football is only open for men participants. 

The sports events are as follows :

  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Boccia
  • Cycling 
  • Road 
  • Track
  • Equestrian
  • Football 5-a-side
  • Goalball
  • Judo
  • Paracanoe
  • Paratriathlon
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing 
  • Shooting
  • Sitting Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Wheelchair fencing
  • Wheelchair Rugby
  • Wheelchair Tennis

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Participating Nations

As of 16th August 2021, 135 National Participating Committees (NPC) have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics. Also, major highlights include :

  • Since Russia has been banned from the games for a period of four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on grounds of tampering with their WADA results, WADA has allowed the participation of individually cleared Russian Athletes under the neutral banner of Russian Paralympics Committee (RPC). 
  • Bhutan and Guyana will make their debut in the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. 
  • The Solomon Islands will make their second appearance at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, after missing the 2016 Summer Paralympics. 

There are around 3677 athletes that will be participating from 135 National Participating Committees. 

Country No. of Athletes  Country No. of Athletes Country No. of Athletes
Algeria 42 Grenada 1 Oman 2
Angola 2 Guatemala 2 Pakistan 1
Argentina 37 Guinea 2 Palestine 1
Australia 177 Guyana 1 Panama 3
Austria 24 Hong Kong 17 Papua New Guinea 1
Azerbaijan 12 Hungary 32 Paraguay 2
Bahrain 2 Iceland 2 Peru 4
Belarus 11 India 54 Philippines 6
Belgium 31 Indonesia 23 Poland 89
Bermuda 1 Iran 48 Portugal 33
Bhutan 3 Iraq 5 Puerto Rico 2
Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 Ireland 29 Qatar 1
Botswana 2 Israel 33 Refugee Paralympic Team 6
Brazil 253 Italy 113 Romania 2
Bulgaria 3 Ivory Coast 3 Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) 181
Burundi 2 Jamaica 2 Rwanda 12
Cambodia 1 Japan 175 Saudi Arabia 2
Cameroon 3 Jordan 2 Senegal 1
Canada 128 Kazakhstan 7 Serbia 17
Cape Verde 1 Kenya 3 Singapore 7
Central African Republic 1 Kuwait 1 Slovakia 17
Chile 20 Latvia 4 Slovenia 4
China 230 Lebanon 1 Solomon Islands 1
Chinese Taipei 10 Lesotho 1 South Africa 18
Colombia 34 Libya 1 South Korea 66
Costa Rica 2 Lithuania 24 Spain 139
Croatia 22 Luxembourg 1 Sri Lanka 9
Cuba 5 Malaysia 22 Sweden 26
Cyprus 1 Mali 2 Switzerland 9
Czech Republic 28 Mauritius 3 Syria 1
Denmark 22 Mexico 37 Thailand 41
Dominican Republic 3 Moldova 4 Trinidad and Tobago 2
Ecuador 4 Mongolia 4 Tunisia 26
Egypt 30 Montenegro 1 Turkey 87
El Salvador 2 Morocco 25 Turkmenistan 1
Estonia 5 Mozambique 2 Uganda 3
Ethiopia 1 Myanmar 1 Ukraine 107
Fiji 1 Namibia 1 United Arab Emirates 5
Finland 10 Netherlands 48 United States 174
France 61 New Zealand 45 Uzbekistan 20
Georgia 4 Nicaragua 1 Vanuatu 1
Germany 135 Nigeria 9 Venezuela 8
Ghana 2 North Macedonia 1 Vietnam 7
Great Britain 139 Norway 10 Zambia 1
Greece 43     Zimbabwe 1

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Indian Contingents at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

At the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, 54 Indian Athletes will be competing across 9 sports:

Sport Men Women Total
Archery 4 1 5
Athletics 20 4 24
Badminton 5 2 7
Paracanoeing 0 1 1
Powerlifting 1 1 2
Shooting 8 2 10
Swimming 2 0 2
Table Tennis 0 2 2
Taekwondo 0 1 1
Total 40 14 54

Archery

  • Date: 27th August 2021
Men’s Recurve Individual Open  Harvinder Singh, Vivek Chikara
Men’s Compound Individual Open Rakesh Kumar, Shyam Sundar Swami
Women’s Compound Individual Open Jyoti Baliyan
Jyoti Baliyan  Jyoti Baliyan

Badminton

  • Date: 1st September 2021
Men’s Singles SL3  Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar
Women’s Singles SU5 Palak Kohli
Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 Pramod Bhagat & Palak Kohli
  • Date: 2nd September 2021
Men’s Singles SL4 Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, Tarun Dhillon
Men’s Singles SS6  Krishna Nagar
Women’s Singles SL4 Parul Parmar
Women’s Doubles SL3-SU5 Parul Parmar & Palak Kohli

Paracanoeing 

  • Date: 2nd September 2021
Women’s VL2 Prachi Yadav

Powerlifting

  • Date: 27th August 2021
Men’s 65 Kg  Jaideep Deswal
Women’s 50 Kg Sakina Khatun

Table Tennis

  • Date: 25th August 2021
Individual C3  Sonalben Madhubhai Patel
Individual C4 Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel

Taekwondo

  • Date: 2nd September 2021
Women’s K44 – 49 kg Aruna Tanwar

Shooting

  • Date: 30th August 2021
Men’s R1 – 10 m air rifle standing SH1 Swaroop Mahavir Unhalkar, Deepak Saini
Women’s R2 – 10 m air rifle SH1 Avani Lekhara
  • Date: 31st August 2021
Men’s P1 – 10 m air pistol SH1 Manish Narwal, Deepender Singh, Singhraj
Women’s P2 – 10 m air pistol SH1  Rubina Francis
  • Date: 4th September 2021
Mixed R3 – 10 m air rifle prone SH1 Deepak Saini, Sidhartha Babu & Avani Lekhara
  • Date: 2nd September 2021 
Mixed P3 – 25 m pistol SH1 Akash & Rahul Jakhar
  • Date: 3rd September 2021 
Men’s R7 – 50 m rifle 3 positions SH1  Deepak Saini
Women’s R8 – 50 m rifle 3 positions SH1 Avani Lekhara
  • Date: 4th September 2021 
Mixed P4 – 50 m pistol SH1 Akash, Manish Narwal & Singhraj
  • Date: 5th September 2021
Mixed R6 – 50 m rifle prone SH1  Deepak Saini, Avani Lekhara & Sidhartha Babu

Athletics

  • Date: 28th August 2021 
Men’s Javelin Throw F57 Ranjeet Bhati
  • Date: 29th August 2021 
Men’s Discus Throw F52  Vinod Kumar
Men’s High Jump T47 Nishad Kumar, Ram Pal
  • Date: 30th August 2021
Men’s Discus Throw F56  Yogesh Kathuniya
Men’s Javelin Throw F46 Sundar Singh Gurjar, Ajeet Singh, Devendra Jhajharia
Men’s Javelin Throw F64 Sumit Antil, Sandeep Choudhary
  • Date: 31st August 2021 
Men’s High Jump T63  Sharad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Singh Bhati
Women’s 100m T13 Simran
Women’s Shot Put F34 Bhagyashri Madavrao Jadhav
  • Date: 1st September 2021
Men’s Club Throw F51 Dharambir Nain, Amit Kumar Saroha
  • Date: 2nd September 2021
Men’s Shot Put F35 Arvind Malik
  • Date: 3rd September 2021
Men’s High Jump T64  Praveen Kumar
Men’s Javelin Throw F54 Tek Chand
Men’s Shot Put F57  Soman Rana
Women’s Club Throw F51 Ekta Bhyan, Kashish Lakra
  • Date: 4th September 2021
Men’s Javelin Throw F41 Navdeep Singh

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Marketing of Tokyo Paralympics

Tokyo paralympics
Source: paralympic.org

The logo of the Tokyo Paralympic 2021 features a hand fan in a circle form, filled with an indigo-colored checkerboard pattern. The design is meant to symbolize a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan. The emblem was uncovered on 25th April 2016. 

Mascot

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The mascot of the Tokyo Paralympics 2021 is Someity. It is a figure with pink chequered patterns inspired by the Games’ official logo, as well as cherry blossom flowers. It has a calm but powerful ability, it is nature-loving, and it speaks to the wind. 

Animated Short Films

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Japanese public broadcaster NHK produced a series of short films called Animation x Paralympic: Who Is Your Hero? To promote the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. Each short features a different Paralympic sport, and is designed and produced in collaboration with well-known creators of anime and manga, sometimes featuring crossovers with popular series or with real-life athletes.

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