Tokyo 2020 Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Para-Sports Community in Japan

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Para-Sports Association (JPSA) at a ceremony in Tokyo that brought together members of Japan's sporting community.

Eleven Japanese Paralympic medallists attended the celebrations. Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori; Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura; Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe; International Olympic Committee Member and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda; Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) President and International Paralympic Committee Governing Board Member Yasushi Yamawaki; and JPC Chairman of the Board Mitsunori Torihara were also in attendance.

"I am delighted to offer my warmest congratulations to the Japan Para-Sports Association on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its founding," said Tokyo 2020 President Mori at the ceremony. "The members of the association have worked tirelessly over the past 50 years towards developing sports for people with an impairment. The Tokyo 2020 Games provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the further development of para-sports. The most important legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games will be its contribution to realising a world in which all people are able to enjoy the benefits of sport."

The JPSA is Japan's governing sports body for people with an impairment. The JPC was created in 1999 as an internal organisation of JPSA.

Established in 1965 following the success of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Games, the JPSA now looks forward to the 2020 Games to further develop and promote para-sports opportunities in Japan. It has been supporting the efforts of the Organising Committee to deliver a superb Games as part of the All-Japan team.

"The aim of our vision and measures for Para-sports in Japan is to promote sports for people with an impairment through further expansion of para-sports and enhancing levels of competitiveness," said JPC Chairman of the Board Torihara. "This cycle of virtue will, in turn, lead to achieving a society that embraces diversity and in which all people are accepted exactly as they are. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games provides us with a wonderful opportunity to add momentum and further accelerate the realisation of our vision, and we look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that the 2020 Games are a major success."

To mark a new chapter in its history, the JPSA unveiled a new emblem during the ceremony to replace the one it had been using since its establishment. The new emblem comprises a motif of the wings of a firebird, and is an original creation that seeks to convey the attractions of para-sports with a sense of lively motion, and transforming the mindset of something being impossible into one of how to make something a possibility.
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