The Tokyo Paralympics may require particular COVID-19 measures to assist keep athletes secure as they transfer between venues, organisers said on Monday. The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics have been pushed back to subsequent year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Paralympics organisers said on Monday the schedule would stay largely the identical for subsequent year. The opening ceremony will happen on Aug. 24 and the Games will characteristic 539 occasions at 22 completely different venues. Games Director Hidemasa Nakamura said extra measures towards the virus may be needed through the Paralympics due to the additional time required to maneuver para-athletes between venues.
“There might be some specific measures that are needed depending on what type of sport or competition it is,” he said.
“We are having discussions with IFs (International Federations) and the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and others to provide a safe and secure environment.”
Nakamura added modifications to the schedule may be crucial. Japanese para-taekwondo athlete Mitsuya Tanaka, who joined the news convention remotely, hoped the Games may be an opportunity to indicate the world that coronavirus can be defeated.
“I think showing ourselves making the effort and taking on the challenge with courage, this is something we can contribute to the world,” said Tanaka.
“Once COVID-19 settles, it will be a good opportunity for us to show we have won over COVID-19. This is something I can show as a para-athlete.”