Ipc Approves Bulk Of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Venues

IPC approves bulk of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics venuesThe International Paralympic Committee on Friday gave its approval to 19 of the 22 Tokyo 2020 venues, with IPC President Sir Philip Craven applauding the fact that many Paralympic Games venues are the same as those being used at the Olympic Games.

"This new plan not only maximizes the use of existing venues, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, but also puts the interests of the athletes first," said Craven, a 65-year-old former Paralympian.

The venues for track and road cycling, 5-a-side soccer and power lifting have yet to be approved as they remain under assessment by their respective international federations.

With some Paralympic athletes requiring specific access and transport facilities that have at past Games been overlooked, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said he was happy to have gained approval from the IPC.

"One of the guiding principles of the review has been to ensure that the venues also take into account the specific requirements of Paralympic sports," said Muto.

"We will provide the optimal facilities and environment to enable para-athletes to perform to the peak of their abilities and strive to achieve a personal best in Tokyo in 2020."