Six months to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic countdown event 6 Months to Go at the Ariake Nishi Gakuen school
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic countdown event "6 Months to Go" at the Ariake Nishi Gakuen school

About 100 third grade pupils from Ariake Nishi Gakuen along with Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games mascot Someity formed number ‘6’ in celebration of ‘Six months to go’ to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The school is one of the official “Paralympic Sports Cheering Schools” designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to cheer athletes during the Games. The students have had many occasions in the past to engage in Paralympic sports through various interactions and school activities.

The school is also renowned as a ‘boccia cheering school’ for its link with the sport thanks its proximity to the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, the competition venue for boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Paralympian athlete Takada Chiaki with her coach
Paralympian athlete Takada Chiaki with her coach
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Special Paralympian Class

TAKADA Chiaki, a long jump T11 athlete who participated in Rio 2016, along with her coach, sighted guide and caller, OMORI Shigekazu also held a special experience class for the kids to help them discover how vision impaired athletes can run on the course with the help of the sighted guide. .

“It was scary when I was blindfolded and couldn’t see anything. Now I understand how great Takada and other vision impaired athletes are who keep running fearlessly only with the help of the guide.” said one participant.

“Now I can imagine how losing your sight could make even having your daily life difficult. I would like to support when I find a visually impaired person on street.” added other student.

Takada aims for gold in Tokyo 2020 Games after reaching the fourth-place in the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.

“Reaching the fourth place in the world championships gave me a confidence that I can go further in the Paralympic Games. I believe my coach and I will keep my training to stand on top of the podium and win the best medal,” Takada said.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will be the first time in history that the same city has hosted the summer Paralympics twice.

In over just 12 days, from the day following the Opening Ceremony on 25 August until 6 September, 22 sports and 539 events will be contested by the best Para athletes in the world.