27 August 2019

President of the International Paralympics committee is extremely optimistic ahead of Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo 2020 will be the best yet in terms of athletic sporting performances, even better than London, a Paralympic Games chief has claimed.

The London Paralympic Games in 2012 is viewed to have been the most successful games yet, but with less than a year to go until Tokyo 2020 Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee, is confident that Tokyo will top it.

He said: “With record global TV audiences and massive crowds set to watch the Games, Tokyo will have more impact on transforming society than any other previous Paralympics.”

Around 4,350 para athletes from 160 countries are set to compete at the 2020 games. A staggering 540 gold medals are up for grabs across 22 sports.

“With more broadcasters screening the Games from around the world, Tokyo will smash all viewing records and exceed the cumulative 4.1 billion people who enjoyed the Rio Paralympic Games," said Parsons.

“Through sport, the Games will act as a catalyst to empower persons with disabilities, influence political leaders to pursue the inclusion agenda and will advance societal change,” he added.

There will be 21 disciplines from 19 sports set to be shown live to viewers, in comparison to Rio 2016 where just 12 sports were shown.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between August 25 and September 6.

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