The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 4,400 athletes who will compete in 537 medal events the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.
The final medal event programme and athlete quotas were approved by the IPC Governing Board on Monday (4 September) following the conclusion of a 10-month-long consultation exercise with international federations.
The wheelchair basketball competition will remain unchanged from Rio 2016, including two medal events (1 men’s and 1 women’s) and 264 athlete slots (144 men and 120 women)
Sir Philip Craven, the IPC President, said: “We are greatly excited about the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic programme which we are confident can build on the success of Rio 2016, a Games that were widely regarded as the best yet in terms of athletic performance.
“It is testament to the strength of Paralympic sport and the work of the international federations that the competition to secure medal events and athletes quotas at the Paralympic Games is now equally as competitive and hotly contested as the action on the field of play.
“In determining the final Tokyo 2020 programme we wanted to increase the number of slots for female athletes and athletes with high support needs. At the same time we did not want to increase costs for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee having already identified a number of cost savings. We believe we have achieved all of our objectives and delivered a programme that will showcase the best of what Paralympic sport and Paralympic athletes have to offer at Tokyo 2020.”