Same Venues, Schedule For Postponed Paralympics


Same venues, schedule for postponed Paralympics

The organizers of the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday announced the competition schedule for the postponed Games. A few adjustments were made to the timing of some sports, but they were able to secure the same venues that had been planned for this year.

The Paralympics will run for 13 days, from August 24, 2021, one day earlier than the start planned for this year. Athletes from around the world will compete in 539 events across 22 sports.

The opening ceremony on August 24 and the closing ceremony on September 5 will both start at 8 p.m. as had been scheduled for this year.

Track-and-field events will run from August 27 to September 4.

The Paralympic marathon will take place in Tokyo on the final day, September 5. The Olympic marathon will be relocated to the northern city of Sapporo to avoid the severe summer heat.

Badminton, a new sport for the Paralympics, will be held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium from September 1 to 5.

Wheelchair rugby will also be held at the Yoyogi venue from August 25 to 29.

Eighteen of the 22 sports will finish by 10 p.m. out of consideration for the children who will watch the events.