Barrier Free Disability Japan Paralympics Tokyo 2020

Tokyo Paralympics organisers opens wheelchair, prosthetic limb repair centre in Games village

The organisers said about 100 staff will provide repair and maintenance services at the centre as well as in booths at 14 competition venues. Services will include tyre replacements and welding repairs on wheelchairs.

From Reuters

August 16 2021

TOKYO – Tokyo Paralympics organisers opened a repair centre on Sunday for prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and other equipment in the athletes’ village ahead of next week’s start of the Games.

The organisers said about 100 staff will provide repair and maintenance services at the centre as well as in booths at 14 competition venues. Services will include tyre replacements and welding repairs on wheelchairs.

The service team includes three technicians from German artificial limb maker Ottobock, which is operating the repair and maintenance centre in the Paralympic village.

Heinrich Popow, a German Paralympic gold medallist who is affiliated with Ottobock, said the centre provides Paralympic athletes with technical as well as mental support.

“Friendships develop from the close cooperation between technicians and athletes, which inspires courage during the competitions,” said Popow, who won gold medals in the 2012 men’s 100 m T42 and the 2016 men’s long jump T42.

T42 is a classification for athletes who have an above-the-knee amputation or comparable impairment.

The Paralympics – to be held Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 – will include swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and basketball. Over 4,000 athletes with various impairments will participate.

0 comments on “Tokyo Paralympics organisers opens wheelchair, prosthetic limb repair centre in Games village

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: