August 13th 2019
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics announced a detailed schedule for the games on Tuesday, with the goal of “full stadiums” for every event.
The organizing committee also revealed ticket prices starting from 500 yen (about $5) for groups and families for the Paralympics, which will run from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.
Organizers said they aimed to make the games accessible to elementary and junior high school students especially, and were arranging the distribution through schools of more than 1 million Olympic and Paralympic tickets.
“We really want children to watch, because they need courage and passion to grow. Watching athletes with disabilities perform such outstanding feats is great encouragement,” Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General Masaaki Komiya said.
Komiya said some school tickets would be specifically allocated to prefectures in northeastern Japan affected by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
Applications to enter the lottery for the first offering of Paralympic Games tickets will be accepted from residents of Japan from Aug. 22 to Sept. 9, encompassing the “One Year to Go” milestone on Aug. 25.
Prospective lottery applicants must first register an Olympic ID, with those who previously registered to apply for Olympic Games tickets able to use the same ID.
The lowest-priced tickets are aimed at children aged 12 and under, and adults aged 60 or over, as well as people with disabilities and their companions.
Both the Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies will start at 8 p.m., while the first gold medal will be awarded on Aug. 26 in the women’s cycling individual pursuit.
Aug. 30, dubbed “Golden Sunday,” will see 63 medal events, the most of the tournament, including the wheelchair rugby final, with Japan’s world champion team a strong candidate to compete for the title.
The men’s and women’s marathons and the gold medal game of men’s wheelchair basketball — one of the most popular Paralympic sports — will be held on Sept. 6 before the closing ceremony.
The Tokyo Paralympics are projected to involve a record 4,400 athletes competing in an unprecedented number of disciplines, including newly introduced badminton and taekwondo competitions.
Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi said the organizers wanted the Paralympics to be seen as a major event in their own right, rather than supplementary to the July 24 to Aug. 9 Olympics.
“Some sports — for example, tandem cycling, which goes at very high speeds — are unique to the Paralympics. There are several disciplines that cannot be seen at the Olympic Games, so they have their own appeal. We would like people to know more about them,” Murofushi, the 2004 Olympic hammer throw champion, said.
Tokyo will become the first city to host the Summer Paralympics for a second time, following the 1964 Games.
After ending the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro without a gold medal, Japan will be looking for redemption on home soil at the 2020 edition.
Arrangements for overseas ticket sales will be announced by the respective countries’ authorized resellers, the organizing committee said.