2020 Summer Paralympics

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
The 2020 Paralympic Games logo
Host city Tokyo, Japan
Motto Discover Tomorrow
未来(あした)をつかもう ('Ashita o tsukamō')
Opening ceremony August 25
Closing ceremony September 6
Paralympic stadium New National Stadium
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The 2020 Summer Paralympics (第十六回パラリンピック競技大会 Dai Jūroku-kai Pararinpikku Kyōgi Taikai), will be the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event, scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2020. Tokyo was announced as host of the games on 7 September 2013.[1] Tokyo had last hosted the games in 1964 and will soon be the first city to host the Summer Paralympics twice.


As part of a formal agreement between the International Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee first established in 2001, the winner of the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics must also host the 2020 Summer Paralympics.[2] After the second round of voting, which followed a tie-breaker, the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were awarded to Tokyo at the 125th IOC Session,

2020 Summer Olympics host city election[3]
City NOC name Round 1 Runoff Round 2
Tokyo  Japan 42 60
Istanbul  Turkey 26 49 36
Madrid  Spain 26 45


22 events are scheduled to make up the 2020 Paralympics. Cycling events will be split into two disciplines; road and track. Team events of Goalball, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball continue as men's and women's events, Wheelchair Rugby continues a mixed event, while the 5-a-side-football event will only be open to male competitors. Badminton and Taekwondo will be contested for the first time, Sailing and 7-a-side Football were dropped from the games.[4]

In January 2014, it was announced that six new events had applied for inclusion in Paralympic program, where they would debut at the 2020 Games:

In addition to this, three extra disciplines in existing Paralympic events were also put forward for consideration:



The venues for the Paralympic games as detailed on the Tokyo 2020 official website.[7]

Tokyo Bay, where a number of events will be held
Nippon Budokan, host of the Judo event
The International Broadcast and Main Press Centre

Heritage Zone[edit]

Tokyo Bay Zone[edit]

Venues Outside 10km Area[edit]

Other Venues[edit]

  • Harumi Futo Olympic Village
  • Tokyo Big Sight Conference Tower - International Media and Broadcast Centre



The initial emblems of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled on 24 July 2015. The Paralympic emblem was an inverted variation of the Olympics version, with the outer columns colored black instead of the centre, making it resemble an equals sign (as opposed to the Olympic emblem, where the centre column was black to form a "T"). A red circle in the top-right corner represented a beating heart, the flag of Japan, and an inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other."[8][9] The emblems were pulled on 1 September 2015 after it was found that the Olympics design had plagiarized the logo of a Belgian theatre.[10][11] Following an open competition, the final emblem was unveiled on 25 April 2016. It features an indigo-colored checkerboard pattern arranged into a laurel wreath-like shape. The design is meant to "express a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan".[12]


  1. ^ "Tokyo to Host 2020 Olympics". Bangalorean. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paralympics 2012: London to host 'first truly global Games'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "2020 Olympics Vote Total Box". Associated Press. Miami Herald. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Paralympic.org (2015-01-31). "IPC announces final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports program". Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  5. ^ BBC.co.uk (2014-01-22). "Sports apply for 2020 Tokyo Paralympic inclusion". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  6. ^ insidethegames.biz (2014-01-22). "Six sports and three disciplines confirmed as bidding for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics inclusion". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  7. ^ tokyo2020.jp. "Games Plan >>> Paralympic Games". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Tokyo 2020 launches emblems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games". IPC. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tokyo 2020 unveils official emblem with five years to go". Olympic.org. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tokyo Games organizers decide to scrap Sano emblem". NHK World. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo scrapped after allegations of plagiarism". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Checkered pattern by artist Tokolo chosen as logo for 2020 Tokyo Olympics". Japan Times. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 

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