Paralympics Ireland hosted a webinar, last Thursday 4th February, which provided key updates around the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to athletes, team leaders and support staff, all of whom are still in contention of qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
The decision to host the webinar was made following a number of key updates from the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOCOG), including a Tokyo 2020 medical webinar, attended by the Chief Medical Officer for Paralympics Ireland, Dr. Martin McConaghy
Dr. Martin McConaghy provided a key update around the current covid-19 situation, at home and abroad. Dr. McConaghy also discussed the measures in place for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, he also answered questions regarding covid 19 measures that will be implemented before, during and after the Paralympic Games, which will ensure the upmost safety for Team Ireland at the Paralympic Games.
A number of presentations followed, which saw over 70 people in attendance, these presentations provided updates around the operational aspect of Tokyo 2020, a communications update, there was also words from Chairperson of the Paralympics Ireland Athlete Commission, Catherine Walsh.
Paralympics Ireland Performance Director, Dave Malone spoke of the importance to host the webinar, he said: “The Tokyo 2020 webinar hosted by Paralympics Ireland served as a great opportunity to update the team of athletes, coaches and support staff on preparations towards the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020. The webinar is the first in a phase of updates as we look to build towards the games in the summer. There have been a number of key updates from TOCOG and the IPC over the last few weeks it was an opportunity to engage with our team on key updates including a medical update from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Martin McConaghy. We look forward to the opportunity for our athletes to compete and secure all important qualification slots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games when circumstances allow”
A day previous to the webinar, the first of a series of stakeholder Playbooks for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was published. The Playbooks are jointly published by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and TOCOG, which provide a framework of principles that each key stakeholder group will follow before, during and after Tokyo 2020.
For more information on the Playbooks head to paralympics.org