The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed the event line-up for each session of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, following their postponement to 2021.
Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee agreed in April that given the critical impact of the competition schedule on every aspect of preparation, each session of the 2021 competition would in principle be scheduled as originally planned for 2020. This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule, noting that for operational reasons the start and end times of certain events have been adjusted.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 539 events across 22 sports hosted at 21 venues from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Competition schedule will facilitate family viewing
Events featuring the most popular sports will be spread throughout the Games, allowing Paralympic fans to enjoy the dramatic highs and lows from beginning to end. Of the total 300 sessions, 109 will include medal events. Overall, events have been scheduled at family-friendly times that will allow as many people as possible to experience them. The latest sessions in 18 out of the 22 sports are scheduled to finish before or at 22:00 local time.
Beginning of the Paralympic Games
On 25 August, one day after the Opening Ceremony, the first medallists of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be determined; they will be in the women's cycling track (time trial) C1-3 3000m pursuit, which will take place at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka prefecture. On the same day, medallists will be determined in a total of 24 events, including 16 swimming events, four wheelchair fencing events and four cycling (track) events.
Action-packed weekend featuring the highest number of medal events on 29 August
Falling mid-way through the Games, 29 August 2020 will be “Golden Sunday”, with 63 medal events being held — the most of any day during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. This will include 20 final events in athletics, four in triathlon, four in rowing, 13 in swimming, and five in judo. The wheelchair rugby final will be held from 18:00 and hopes are running high in Japan that the host nation’s team might make it through to mount a challenge for the gold medal.
Excitement to build during the second half of the Games
Maintaining the momentum of the Golden Sunday, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will continue gearing up towards their climax. On Day Seven, 31 August, there will be no fewer than 61 medal events. 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.
First ever medallists in two new Paralympic sports
Badminton and taekwondo, newly introduced to the Paralympic Games, will be two of the highlights of the latter half of the Games. The first ever Paralympic Taekwondo medallists will be determined on 2 September and medal events for badminton will be held on 4 September, the penultimate day of the Games. Men’s and women’s wheelchair tennis finals will take place on 1 and 4 September. Semi-finals and finals in a range of other sports will be held one after another, helping to build excitement towards the climax of the Games.
Climax of the Games to include marathon events going through the centre of Tokyo with all the iconic symbols
On 5 September, the closing day of the Paralympic Games, a total of 15 final events will be held in men’s and women’s marathon, badminton, men’s wheelchair basketball, women’s sitting volleyball and shooting. The last medal session of the Games — men's wheelchair basketball — will take place at 10:00.
*Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account athletes’ experience and well-being, the technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, global TV audiences, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, gender balance and operational considerations.
*The competition schedule may be subject to change.