The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has unveiled the event line-up for each session of the Paralympic Games, which will be held from 25 August to 6 September 2020. In advance of the launch of the ticket lottery applications on 22 August this year, fans can now check the detailed competition schedule for all sessions. A record 4,400 Para athletes will compete in 540 events across 22 sports, which will be held at 21 venues in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Shizuoka prefectures.
Events have been scheduled so that they will be easier for families to attend, and to allow as many people as possible to experience them. The latest sessions in 19 out of the 22 sports are scheduled to finish before 10 p.m. local time.
The preliminary stages of the wheelchair basketball competition will take place over two venues, with the opening day of wheelchair basketball taking place at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on Wednesday 26th August.
From Tuesday 27th until the Sunday 30th, the pool games for both the men’s and the women’s competition will be split across six sessions a day between the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza and the Ariake Arena, with three sessions at each venue.
All the wheelchair basketball action will move into the Ariake Arena on Monday 31st August for the final day of men’s prelims.
The women’s quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday 1st September, with a rest day for the men, ahead of the men’s quarter-finals on Wednesday 2nd September.
Thursday (3rd September) evening sees the women’s semi-finals take place, with the men’s semi’s being played on Friday (4th September) evening.
The culmination of the women’s competition will be on Saturday (5th September) evening with both medal games and the medal ceremony.
Aiming to finish the Paralympic Games on a high, the last medal session of Tokyo 2020 will be the men’s wheelchair basketball, starting at 10am on the final day (Sunday 6th September), with both the bronze medal and gold medal games, followed by the Games’ Closing Ceremony that evening.
Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach when compiling the schedule, taking into account the athletes’ experience and well-being, technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, gender balance, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, operational considerations, and global TV audiences.
Tokyo 2020 will start accepting applications for the ticket lottery for all sessions, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, on 22 August 2019.
The full schedule can be found on the Organising Committee’s website.