Tokyo 2020 organisers on Monday unveiled the brand new schedule for the coronavirus-postponed Paralympics subsequent yr, with solely minor modifications to the unique calendar for the occasion. The historic choice to delay the 2020 Tokyo Games over the pandemic means the Paralympics at the moment are scheduled to run from August 24 to September 5, 2021. The programme will function 539 occasions throughout 22 sports activities, with modifications made solely to begin and end instances for some occasions, Tokyo 2020 stated at a press convention. “Having the schedule fixed is a big step for athletes. We would like to continue our work to create a safe and secure Games,” Tokyo 2020 Games supply officer Hidemasa Nakamura advised reporters.
The postponement of the Games has created an enormous headache for organisers, as they navigate every little thing from securing venues to devising coronavirus countermeasures.
So far particular measures to forestall an infection haven’t been introduced, with selections anticipated someday this autumn.
For the Paralympics particularly, officers stated they’re aware that they need to cater to the wants of particular person athletes and spectators with a spread of various well being and bodily necessities.
Tokyo organisers stated they’re additionally working with the International Paralympic Committee to evaluate how the viral pandemic has affected athletes in numerous international locations.
Japanese Paralympian and taekwondo fighter Mitsuya Tanaka advised reporters on the briefing that the pandemic has deeply affected athletes.
“In taekwondo, we go face to face. We have restrictions during sparring, for example. Compared to the time before the coronavirus, we cannot practise like we used to,” he stated.
“Of course we are all concerned. I am too. But we will do what we can to manage our safety. All the other athletes are doing the same as they prepare for this. I believe that’s the duty of athletes,” he stated.
Much in regards to the rescheduled Games stays unsure, together with the price of the postponement and whether or not the occasion can be possible if a vaccine or remedy for the virus will not be discovered.
Among the proposals mooted for holding the Games throughout a pandemic is a discount within the variety of spectators, although Olympic officers have stated they aren’t eager on limiting followers and don’t need to maintain the occasion behind closed doorways.
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