April 13th 2019
Saturday 13th April 2019 marks 500 days until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games at Japan’s new national stadium in Tokyo.
From August 25 next year, athletes will compete in 22 sports over 13 days.
The world-record holder in marathons for visually impaired runners, Misato Michishita, will compete in London later this month in a bid to secure a Tokyo berth.
14 athletes will compete at the World Para Swimming Championships later this year, including ace Keiichi Kimura.
The Japanese Paralympic Committee has invested heavily in training after its athletes failed to win any gold for the first time at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
It has set a target of 22 gold medals for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, and is aiming to finish 7th or higher in the country rankings.
On Saturday, the committee unveiled 23 pictograms of the 22 para-sports at the Tokyo Games. The images feature a wheelchair, a handcycle, and other equipment.
The committee has also commissioned special posters.
Organizers are trying to ensure there is sufficient wheelchair-friendly accommodation and transport.