The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to August 25th, 2021 and will conclude on September 5th, 2021. The games had been postponed from their scheduled date of August 24th of this year due to the global health crisis caused by Covid 19.
The decision to fx the games to the new dates was taken with the following 3 main considerations: 1. To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus. 2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic and Paralympic sport. 3. The global international sports calendar.
Read the full IPC announcement HERE.
Speaking about the newly announced dates for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Paralympics Ireland CEO, Miriam Malone said;
‘Paralympics Ireland welcomes the announcement of a new date of August 24th for the 2020 Paralympic Games. This gives more certainty to our athletes, their support teams and our own high performance team who can now plan their preparations for the competition. Our focus is now to ensure that any Irish athletes that compete at the Tokyo Games will be at their physical peak for the games.
‘Paralympics Ireland will continue to monitor the development of the COVID 19 health crisis over the coming months to ensure the safety of all Irish athletes. We will follow the expert advice of our Chief Medical Ofcer, Sport Ireland, the Department of Health and the World Health Organisation when deciding what events, training camps and competitions up to and including the Paralympic Games that Irish athletes will take part in.’