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2019.07.24

READY STEADY TOKYO (Tokyo 2020 Test Events): Introducing the Paralympic Sports Events

You may have heard about the construction of some of the venues for the Paralympics, including the Olympic Stadium, but did you know there are other—just as important—efforts underway to prepare for Tokyo 2020? For instance, what is known as READY STEADY TOKYO (Tokyo 2020 Test Events). These are test events/tournaments that will be held from 2019-2020 in order to “test” the facilities and venues that will be used in the Olympics/Paralympics, the operation of the tournaments and volunteer staff, etc., and are meant to pave the way for success in Tokyo 2020.

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Though the purpose of these tournaments is mainly to test the operation of the tournament and of the respective venues, there are some that are open to the general public1. Some tournaments will be attended by some top foreign athletes, meaning the audience may have a chance to experience a touch of Tokyo 2020 before it happens. Here, we’ll go over the READY STEADY TOKYO events in place for Paralympic sports, as well as their points of interest.
1: Test events hosted/co-hosted by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games cannot be attended by the general public, due to restrictions with regards to the testing of these tournaments and their operation.

Swimming, Biking, and Running Through Odaiba


(Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympics) ⓒGetty Images Sport


Triathlon
2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup (August 17, 2019)

The race starts in the ocean of Odaiba. Racers swim 0.75 km, cycle for 20 km, then finish off the race with a 5 km run through the city of Odaiba, destination Odaiba Marine Park. This triathlon will be held at the same time as the able-bodied triathlon, meaning you’ll most likely experience that festival-like atmosphere unique to triathlon events. It’s free to stand along the sidelines and cheer the racers along.

Watch World-Class, High-Level Matches!


(Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympics) ⓒGetty Images Sport


Boccia
2020 Japan Para Championships BOCCIA (February 28 – March 1, 2020)

The 2020 Japan Para Championships BOCCIA will be held in February after the Boccia Japan Championships, when the Japan national team for boccia will already mostly have been established. Since it will be held after most boccia players have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics through victories in the various international championships, the audience will be able to watch matches featuring players that will go on to actually compete in the Tokyo Paralympics. The event will feature the various creative tweaks Japan boccia tournaments have implemented in order to liven up their tournaments, in addition to the bonuses that come with a Paralympic test event, and is highly recommended for beginner parasport spectators.

An Incredible Opportunity to Watch Parasports at the Olympic Stadium!


(Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympics) ⓒGetty Images Sport


Para Athletics
2020 Japan Para Athletics Championships (May 2-3, 2020)

The 2020 Japan Para Athletics Championships will be held in the Olympic Stadium, which is to be the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics. This is an enormous venue, and it may pay for spectators to head into the stadium in advance to check out the routes, etc., inside the venue. Meanwhile, the sticking point for athletes will be what kind of all-weather running track has been installed in the Olympic Stadium. It may be worth it just to watch the seriousness with which the athletes approach this precursor to the Tokyo Paralympics.

*See the official website of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (https://tokyo2020.org/en/games/sport/testevents/) for the latest information.
Why not dip your toe into the excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics a little bit in advance?

text by Parasapo
photo by Getty Images Sport

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