The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee has finalized a detailed schedule for the Paralympics. Finals for the largest number of events throughout the competition period will be held on the first Sunday after the Games begin.
On Tuesday, the organizers released the schedule for the 22 sports and 540 events.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be at the new national stadium on August 25 and September 6, respectively. Both will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., the same as the Olympics.
The awarding of the 540 gold medals will be split between the two halves of the competition period as a way to maintain excitement throughout the Games.
The first gold medal event will be in cycling on August 26, the day after the opening ceremony.
The organizers have named August 30, "Golden Sunday," when finals for 63 events will be held. They say the weekend slot will allow many children to watch and that they hope it's a chance for them to think about diversity and having an inclusive society.
New sports will be towards the end of the Games. Taekwondo will be from September 3 to 5, and the finals for badminton will be on September 5 and 6.
To avoid the expected severe heat, the organizing committee has moved up the original starting times for the marathon and triathlon by 30 minutes.
The men's and women's triathlon will start at 7: 30 a.m. on August 29 and 30, and the marathon at 6:30 a.m. on September 6.
The starting time for equestrian events will be pushed back for up to three hours to avoid the hottest part of the day. The competition will be held over a period of five days, from August 27 to 31, extended by one day from the original schedule.
In addition, the organizing committee says it will start accepting applications for ticket purchases on its official website on August 22.