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Friday, October 19, 2018
Tokyo 2020 Unveil Paralympic Games Schedule
Tokyo 2020 have unveiled the competition schedule for the Paralympic Games in the Japanese capital.

Organizers have pledged to stage the "biggest and most exciting" edition of the event in two years' time.

The Games will take place between August 25th and September 6th and feature 540 events across 22 sports.

Nearly 4,500 athletes are expected, a record number.

The most popular sports have been spread out across the Games so "spectators can enjoy the dramatic highs and lows from the beginning to end", it is claimed.

Events have also been scheduled in a bid to make them "more accessible to families and a wide range of other people".

"Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account the athletes' experience and well-being, technical rules and regulations of the various International Federations (IFs), gender balance, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, operational considerations, and the global TV audience," a statement said.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have approved the schedule.

Seven sports will see action a day after the Opening Ceremony on August 26th - track cycling, goalball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair rugby.

Athletics will take place in the Olympic Stadium between August 28th and September 5th, with Boccia played between August 29th and September 5th.

Triathlon will take center stage on August 29th and 30th with the wheelchair rugby final providing an early highlight on August 30th.

This marks a change to the usual schedule which normally sees team finals held towards the conclusion of the Games.

Road cycling will begin on September 1 with badminton and taekwondo, the two new sports on the Paralympic programme, taking place in week two from September 2nd to 6th and September 3rd to 5th respectively.

Wheelchair tennis finals will be held on September 4th and 5th with wheelchair basketball medal clashes on September 5th and 6th.

The men's and women's marathons will be held on the final day of the Games.

"The schedule for 12 days of fierce competition between a record 4,400 Paralympians from around the world has been framed," said Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020.

"Twenty-two sports are scheduled, spread in a well-balanced manner across the length of the Games, so spectators can enjoy the dramatic highs and lows from beginning to end.

"From now on, I would like people from around the world to look forward to the Games.

"We believe that watching a powerful display of sporting prowess on-site, with the high performances of Paralympians who are pushing their limits to create the drama of the Games, will be an experience that reaches many people's hearts.
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