Tokyo 2020 President Mori: One year to go until the Paralympic Games

TOKYO, JAPAN - 24 MARCH: The Olympic Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
TOKYO, JAPAN - 24 MARCH: The Olympic Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today released Tokyo 2020 President MORI Yoshiro’s comments marking one year to the start of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

He commented, “Today marks one year to go until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. I know that all those preparing for the Paralympics, in particular the athletes, have faced tough challenges due to the Games’ unprecedented postponement. As a part of the recent one year to go programme for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee delivered a message from Japanese swimmer IKEE Rikako emphasising the importance of hope in overcoming adversity. Every time we hear the voices of para-athletes looking forward to next year's Games, it gives us renewed strength to work for the Games’ success.

With the cooperation and support of many different stakeholders, Tokyo 2020 recently announced the competition schedule for the Paralympic Games. We hope this will provide encouragement and motivation as athletes set their goals and work hard in their daily training.

Since the establishment of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, we have integrated our preparations for the Paralympic Games and the Olympic Games, inspired at all levels by the hope that the Games will be an opportunity to contribute to building an inclusive society. Last summer’s programme marking one year to go until the originally scheduled start of the Paralympic Games saw both tremendous support from the many organisations taking part and excitement from the crowd in attendance: evidence that the message of Paralympic values is resonating within Japanese society.

I am convinced that one year from today, the performances of para-athletes from around the globe will have special value as a symbol of solidarity, and a demonstration of human strength and the power to persevere. Furthermore, we have made steady progress in ensuring that Games venues will be accessible to all. I believe that as numerous athletes, spectators, and officials experience such an environment firsthand it will serve as an important step forward in building an inclusive society.

We will continue to work closely with the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other related organisations in all aspects of preparations, including COVID-19 countermeasures, as we work to deliver a safe and secure Games.”