Out of the 300 Total Sessions, Here are the Sessions We Recommend for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
The final ticket lottery for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, to be held from August 25 to September 6, is now underway (15 - 29 January 2020). The tickets in question are for all 22 events as well as the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony. The match-ups for the team events have not yet been locked in, it’s still unknown when each athlete will actually compete, and as always—due to the Paralympics’ special classification system—there are a lot of sessions. I don’t know which session to apply for, but I just want to enjoy the feel of being at the Paralympics! If that sounds like you, you’re in for a treat. We went and asked members of the media, who are involved with parasports on a daily basis, about what sessions they’d recommend for spectators like you.
Flew around to 20 countries for work in 2019
Mr. O, Photographer
September 4 (Fri.), 2020 / 9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Para Athletics: Men’s Preliminaries, Finals & Awards Ceremony
Women’s Semi-Finals, Finals & Awards Ceremony
Men’s Long Jump (T64) Finals, etc.
Ticket Prices: 2,000 - 3,600 yen
“This will be Toru Suzuki’s sixth Paralympics. The highest he’s ever come in at the Paralympics has been 4th place. He’s won medals in two consecutive world championships—in 2017 and 2019. Will he be able to win a long-awaited medal in Tokyo?”
Toru Suzuki aims to win long-awaited medal (Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)
Has worked with all 22 events
Ms. A, Editor
September 4 (Fri.), 2020 / 9:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Cycling (Road): Men’s/Women’s Road Race & Awards Ceremony
Women’s Road Race (C-1-2-3), etc.
Ticket Prices: 1,400 - 2,000 yen
“Cycling (Road) is buried a bit under sports like para athletics and swimming, but is actually a sport where we can expect medals from the Japanese racers. The rules are simple—the person that goes the fastest wins—and the races get really intense, with racers roaring their hearts out as they make it past the finish line.”
Advanced Parasport Instructor
Mr. Y, Newspaper Company Employee
September 2 (Wed.), 2020 / 9:30 A.M. – 2:45 P.M.
Shooting (Mixed): Competition, Finals & Awards Ceremony
Mixed R5 10m (Air Rifle Prone/SH2) Competition, etc.
Ticket Prices: 2,400 yen
“The Swords and Firearms Control Law makes it hard for the media to cover the athletes’ training process in this sport. So why not go to the Paralympics and watch it for yourself? Keep an eye out for Mika Mizuta of J.F. Oberlin University, who’s already qualified for this particular Paralympics!”
19-year career writing about parasports Ms. S, Writer
September 5 (Sat.), 2020 / 9:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Canoe: Men’s/Women’s Semi-Finals, Finals & Awards Ceremony
Women’s (KL1) Finals, etc.
Ticket Prices: 1,200 - 2,000 yen
“Monika Seryu was born and raised in Koto City, Tokyo, and now it’ll be the venue for her event—that’s kind of a lot of pressure. Maybe if the venue is full, she’ll do something miraculous!”
Monika Seryu will give it all she’s got in the downtown area of where she grew up (Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)
Has photographed parasports for 40 years
Mr. S, Photographer
August 29 (Sat.), 2020 / 4:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Men’s/Women’s Foil (Individual) Semi-Finals, 3rd-Place Playoffs, Finals & Awards Ceremony
Women’s Foil (Individual) Category B Semi-Finals, etc.
Ticket Prices: 1,600 - 2,400 yen
“Wheelchair fencing has been an official event since the very first Paralympics (9th Annual International Stoke Mandeville Games) in 1960. Foreign fencers are very good, and not a single Japanese fencer was able to compete in the Rio Paralympics four years ago. In Tokyo though, all eyes will be fixed on the female fencer that was scouted by the Japan Wheelchair Fencing Association. Maybe we’ll even see Japan win its very first wheelchair fencing medal ever!”
Mental acuity/strength is the key to winning a wheelchair fencing match (Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)
Interviewed more than 50 Japanese and foreign para-athletes in 2019
Ms. M, Announcer
September 5 (Sat.), 2020 / 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Wheelchair Tennis: Men’s/Women’s Finals & Awards Ceremony
Men’s Singles Finals, etc.
Ticket Prices: 3,200 - 6,500 yen
“Wheelchair tennis is one of the more well-known Paralympic sports. And one of the main reasons why people know it is Shingo Kunieda, who’s won the most wheelchair tennis Grand Slam tournaments of anybody in the world. He’ll be working towards a gold medal, which he wasn’t able to win in the last Paralympics. His matches are an absolute must-see, with his incredible chair work—which is what they call the maneuvering of the wheelchair—his diverse stroke techniques, and his awe-inspiring smashes!”
Two-year career at Parasapo WEB!
Ms. Y, Designer
September 4 (Fri.), 2020 / 5:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M.
Swimming: Men’s/Women’s Finals & Awards Ceremony
Men’s 100m Butterfly (S11) Finals, etc.
Ticket Prices: 2,800 - 7,000 yen
“Keep an eye out for Rio Paralympic medalist Keiichi Kimura and the incredible muscles he’s built up over his years of training!”
3rd year working with parasports
Mr. K, Editor for a Sports News Website
August 30 (Sun.), 2020 / 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Football 5-a-Side: Men’s Preliminaries
Men’s Preliminaries (2 matches)
Ticket Prices: 1,800 - 2,800 yen
“They can’t see, and yet the matches play just like able-bodied soccer. I especially recommend this for people who watch soccer on a regular basis!”
15-year career working with parasports
Mr. T, TV Director
August 26 (Wed.), 2020 / 11:30 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.
Wheelchair Rugby: Mixed Preliminaries
Mixed Preliminaries (2 matches)
Ticket Prices: 2,400 - 3,200 yen
“I mean, the biggest appeal has to be the intensity of those tackles. Watch in person and you’ll no doubt be astounded by how crazy powerful the plays are!”
Has written about parasports since the Beijing Paralympics
Ms. F, Magazine Reporter
August 29 (Sat.), 2020 / 9:30 A.M. – 2:20 P.M.
Boccia: Mixed (Individual) Preliminaries
Mixed (Individual/BC2) Preliminaries (6 matches), etc.
Ticket Prices: 1,200 - 1,800 yen
“Takayuki Hirose, Japan’s most well-known boccia player, is very good at curved lob shots that land directly on the jack. He can change the tide of a match with his incredible precision. Watch how he roars after he makes a good shot!”
Legend Takayuki Hirose has served as the leader of the Japan boccia world (Photo is from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)
text by TEAM A
photo by X-1