Refugee Team To Compete At The Tokyo Paralympics

Refugee team to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee says a refugee team will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

IPC President Andrew Parsons spoke about the plan in an interview with NHK on Wednesday.

He said between four and eight refugee para-athletes will compete in Tokyo. A refugee team of two athletes competed for the first time at the Rio Paralympic Games three years ago.

Parsons said discussions are underway with international sports federations on the selection of athletes who will compete in Tokyo.

With roughly one year to go, Parsons said the Tokyo Paralympics, at this moment, is the best prepared compared to any previous Games.

Parsons also said transport is the biggest challenge for the Paralympics.

He said a higher level of accessibility is required compared to the Olympics for the transport of athletes and officials with various disabilities between their accommodation and the venues.

He said interaction between the organizing committee and local authorities is essential to manage the complicated operation and to reduce the impact on the city's traffic.