Tokyo Paralympics - - One Year And Counting


Tokyo Paralympics -- one year and counting

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will open in Japan on August 25, exactly one year from Sunday. Preparations are well under way but concern remains over how to mitigate the punishing summer heat.

Athletes from around the globe will compete in 540 events across 22 sports, including two new sports -- Badminton and Tae Kwon Do.

Lottery applications for the first round of Paralympic tickets, open only to Japan residents, started on Thursday and will run through September 9th. Some tickets cost as little as around 5 dollars.

Organizers hope to fill the venues with spectators. They released a new pamphlet that includes information on the venues and rules of different games.

Organizers also released a new video featuring former Spanish soccer star Andres Iniesta playing blind football alongside members of Japan's football five-a-side team.

But officials have come up against some challenges, too.

The para-triathlon will start half an hour earlier because of concern over extreme heat. Organizers are also worried about water quality at the venue. The swimming section of a test event was canceled this month after officials found a high level of bacteria.