IPC releases qualifying guidelines for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

The International Paralympic Committee has released the qualification guidelines for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

The guidelines include details of the three new Paracanoe medal events which will be contested for the first time at the Paralympics, as well as a detailed medal program for Tokyo.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will feature 4,400 athletes competing in 537 medal events.

In Tokyo there will be;

• At least 1,756 slots for female athletes, the most ever, which represents a 17 per cent increase in the number of women that took part in London 2012. This number is likely to increase further due to the allocation of 294 gender free slots.

• Badminton and taekwondo, the two sports that will make their Paralympic debut in Tokyo, have been awarded 14 and six medal events respectively

• Canoe, which made its Paralympic debut in Rio with six medal events, will have nine medal events due to the inclusion of three va’a class events

• Compared to Rio 2016 14 sports will feature the same number of athletes. The sports of boccia, canoe, judo, shooting, table tennis, triathlon and wheelchair fencing all have additional slots.

• Four sports – canoe, shooting, table tennis and wheelchair fencing – have more medal events than Rio while athleteics and swimming have less events.

The full qualification guidelines and the detailed medal program can be found here.

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