The organisers behind the Tokyo Paralympic Games have announced that the rescheduled Games may require specific COVID-19 measures to keep athletes safe.
Originally scheduled to take place on 25 August 2020, due to the pandemic the Games have been rescheduled for 12-months’ time.
Games director Hidemasa Nakamura commented: “There might be some specific measures that are needed, depending on what type of sport or competition it is.
“We are having discussions with the International Paralympic Committee, international federations and others to provide a safe and secure environment.
“It’s true that the coronavirus situation is not clear, but this is a big step in our preparation.”
Taking safety seriously, the Games are looking at different measures that may need to be implemented to keep Paralympians safe.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 24 August 2021 with 539 events across 22 sports.
The women’s C1-3 3000m individual pursuit race in track and cycling will be the first Paralympic medal of the 2021 event. Athletes from Team GB are already preparing to pick up gold, with Britain’s Sarah Story tipped to add to her 14 Paralympic gold medals during the C5 3000m pursuit.
Line-ups for 539 events across 22 sports and 21 venues have also been announced today (3 August).
Paralympic fans will be able to enjoy watching traditional favourites like athletics and swimming events throughout; these are scheduled for all but two of the 12 days of the Games.
Athletics will feature the largest number of individual events at the Games, and all athletics sessions will include finals, resulting in 167 medal events.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons said: “The announcement of the competition schedule is always a key milestone for all Paralympic Games.
“With just over one year to go, Para athletes can now see when they will be competing, and spectators can start to plan which events they either want to attend in person or view on television.”
On 29 August, 63 medals are up for grabs, the most of any event during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The day is being dubbed Golden Sunday.
You can see the full schedule of events on the Tokyo 2020 website, here.