Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee hosted delegations from six National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) at its first NPC Open Day event, which took place this week in the Japanese capital. With only just under three years until the Paralympic Games kick off in Tokyo, the event was aimed at showcasing the progress made in preparations for the Games and ensuring that the best possible conditions will be made available for all of the athletes.
Fourteen NPC members from Brazil, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden participated in the three-day visit. They joined meetings with representatives of several functional areas and toured many of the Games' venues, including the site of the Paralympic Village, the Odaiba Marine Park (due to host Triathlon) and the Makuhari Messe (hosting Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Fencing, Taekwondo, and Goalball).
The level of interest in the Paralympic Games is already very high in Japan. Last week, around 3,000 people joined a “3 Years to Go to the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020” event organised by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. More events are planned!
NPC and NOC visits are very important for Tokyo 2020, as they help support constructive dialogue with the Olympic and Paralympic families, and help them follow a truly athletes-first approach in every aspect of their preparations for the Games.
During the site visits, representatives from the various NPCs commented positively on the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Alberto Costa, Sports Director of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, commented, “My strongest impression from this visit is that preparations are proceeding ahead of schedule. Another very good impression is the people involved in the preparations for the Games. They are really proactive and fast.”
Cesar Carlavilla Cubillo, Chef de Mission of the Spanish National Team for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games commented, “We are so lucky because Tokyo 2020 will deliver a great Games - not only because of what we have seen here, but also because of the Japanese culture and their way of working, so we are sure without doubt we will enjoy a very good Games.”
Malcolm Humm, High Performance Director of Paralympics New Zealand commented, “It's been fascinating in terms of the progress, of the facilities that are being built but also the existing facilities. From what we heard from the Committee, it seems they have got things well in hand and they are really open to feedback as well in terms of our learnings from previous Paralympic Games.”
The next NPC Open Day event will be held at around the same time next year. We'll continue to bring updates on other preparations as the countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games continues!