A record 4,400 Para athletes will compete in 540 events across 22 sports, which will be held at 21 venues in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures.
Events have been scheduled to be family-friendly and allow as many people as possible to experience the Paralympics with 19 out of the 22 sports scheduled to finish before 10 p.m. local time.
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Tokyo 2020 considered the athletes’ experience and well-being along with technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, gender equity, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, operational considerations, and global TV audiences when compiling the schedule.
Fans won’t have to wait long to see the first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games determined with the women’s cycling track (time trial) C1-2-3 3000m pursuit to be decided the day after the Opening Ceremony.
On the same day, medallists will also be determined in swimming and wheelchair fencing events.
Falling mid-way through the Games, will be “Golden Sunday” (30 August) which will see 63 medal events being held–the most of any day during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
This will include final events in athletics, triathlon, mixed rowing, swimming, and judo while hopes will be running high for the host nation’s team, Japan, that they might feature in the wheelchair rugby final being held from 6 p.m.
Looking to maintain momentum from Golden Sunday, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will see 61 medal events on 1 September.
Badminton and taekwondo, two newly introduced sports to the Paralympic Games, will see their first medallists on 5 and 6 September and 3 – 5 September respectively.
The ever-popular sport of athletics will feature the largest number of individual events at the Games with all athletics sessions including finals.
On the closing day of the Paralympic Games, a total of 15 final events will be held across badminton, men’s wheelchair basketball, women’s sitting volleyball, athletics marathon and shooting.
The last medal session of the Games – men’s wheelchair basketball – will take place at 10 a.m. that day.
Tokyo 2020 will start accepting applications for the ticket lottery for all sessions, including the Opening and Closing ceremonies, on August 22.