Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Marathon Course

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Tokyo, 8 April 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed the route of the Paralympic marathon events, following its approval by the World Para Athletics organisation. For the first time in recent Paralympic history, the course will not only follow the same route as the Olympic marathon, but will start and finish at the same location too – Tokyo’s new National Stadium (Olympic Stadium). It is hoped this will provide an unforgettable experience for the athletes and for the spectators who will cheer them on.

Traversing the heart of the Japanese capital, the route will take in famous Tokyo landmarks including the Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Ginza’s upmarket Chuo Street, the Zojoii temple with the city’s iconic Tokyo Tower as a backdrop, and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the race will see para-athletes running the final stretch leading to the new Stadium uphill.

There will be five different marathon races; men and women’s T12, for athletes with visual impairments; men’s T46, for runners with upper limb deficiency); and men and women’s T54, for those in wheelchairs other than cerebral palsy. All athletes will run the same course.

 

 

 

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Tokyo 2020; Nippon Festival concept video

 

Press release by Tokyo 2020;

Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival Activities to Kick Off with World Premiere of Joint Kabuki & Opera Performance
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today revealed an outline of its four planned contributions to the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival, a programme aimed at promoting Japanese culture within Japan and globally, and encouraging a greater awareness of diversity in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games. The programme is scheduled to run from April 2020 to August 2020, and will feature events supported by a number of companies and organisations, including Tokyo 2020. Forming part of the Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad programme, the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival is expected to be a source of new cultural experiences and inspiration that will provide a legacy for the future.

The Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival aims to encourage people from various backgrounds to participate in common projects and communicate with each other in order to promote the concept of an inclusive society. It also aims to give people an opportunity to become involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, creating a sense of anticipation in advance of the Games by means of its various cultural and artistic events.

Tokyo 2020 today also unveiled a concept movie and the Tokyo 2020’s NIPPON Festival catchphrase – “Blooming of Culture” – that will be used to embody the objectives and values of the festival.

Designed to reflect the experience of meeting new people and the importance of the four seasons in Japanese culture, the catchphrase and its Japanese equivalent are easy to remember and pronounce, and will help generate interest in the Festival across Japan and all over the world. The concept movie was produced by various distinguished contributors including Asao Tokolo, designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems and Tokyo 2020’s NIPPON Festival logo.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Venue capacity: 2016 vs. 2020

Sport Capacity Rio 2016 Capacity Tokyo 2020
Aquatics (Artistic Swimming) 5300 15000
Aquatics (Diving) 5300 15000
Aquatics (Marathon Swimming) 5000 5500
Aquatics (Swimming) 18000 15000
Aquatics (Water Polo) 1 18000 4700
Aquatics (Water Polo) 2 5300
Archery 1800 5600
Athletics 60000 68000
Athletics (Marathon) 18000 TBA
Athletics (Race Walk) ? 700
Badminton 6500 7200
Basketball 1 16000 21000
Basketball 2 5000
BMX Cycling 7500 6600
Boxing 9000 TBA
Canoe (Slalom) 8000 7500
Canoe (Sprint) 30000 12800
Ceremonies 78600 68000
Cycling (Mountain Bike) 27500 11500
Cycling (Road – Time Trial) ? 22000
Cycling (Road) 5000 22000
Cycling (Track) 5800 3600
Equestrian 35200 9300 + 16000
Fencing 10000 8000
Football 1 78600 68000
Football 2 60000 48000
Football 3 69900 41000
Football 4 76000 49000
Football 5 44500 40000
Football 6 50000 64000
Football 7 48000 72000
Golf 25000 25000
Gymnastics 12000 12000
Handball 12000 10200
Hockey 1 10000 15000
Hockey 2 5000
Judo 10000 11000
Modern Pentathlon 15000 + 5000 + 2000 48000 + 7200
Rowing 30000 16000
Rugby 15000 48000
Sailing 10000 3600
Shooting 7250 6800
Table Tennis 6500 7000
Taekwondo 10000 10000
Tennis 19750 19900
Triathlon 5000 5500
Volleyball 11800 15000
Volleyball (Beach) 12000 12000
Weightlifting 6500 5000
Wrestling 10000 10000

Tokyo 2020; Venue capacities (March 2019)

Venue Capacity Candidature File Difference
Olympic Stadium 68000 80000 -12000
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 7000 (6000 Paralympics) 8000 -1000
Yoyogi National Stadium 10200 12000 -1800
Nippon Budokan 11000 11000 0
Imperial Palace Garden 700
Tokyo International Forum 5000 5000 0
Kokugikan Arena TBA 10000
Equestrian Park 9300 14000 -4700
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza 7200 7000 200
Tokyo Stadium 48000 50000 -2000
Musashinonomori Park TBA 1000
Ariake Arena 15000 15000 0
Ariake Gymnastics Centre 12000 12000 0
Ariake Urban Sports Park 5000 / 6600 / 7000 5000 -1600 (BMX Racing)
Ariake Tennis Park 19900 (19400 Paralympics) 20500 -600
Odaiba Marine Park 5500 10000 -4500
Shiokaze Park 12000 12000 0
Aomi Urban Sports Park 7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)
Oi Hockey Stadium 15000 15000 0
Sea Forest Cross-Country Course 16000 20000 -4000
Sea Forest Waterway 12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics) 24000 -11200 / -8000
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre 7500 15000 -7500
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field 5600 7000 -1400
Tokyo Aquatics Centre 15000 20000 -5000
Tatsumi Water Polo Centre 4700 6500 -1800
Makuhari Messe Hall A 10000 9000 / 10000 -1000 / 0
Makuhari Messe Hall B 8000 (7000 Paralympics) 8000 0
Makuhari Messe Hall C 5500
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach 6000
Saitama Super Arena 21000 18000 3000
Asaka Shooting Range 3800 / 3000 4600 / 3000 -800 / 0
Kasumigaseki Country Club 25000 25000 0
Enoshima Yacht Harbour 3600 5000 -1400
Izu Velodrome 3600 5000 -1400
Izu MTB Course 11500 25000 -13500
Fuji International Speed Way 22000 1000 21000
Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium 14300
Yokohama Baseball Stadium 35000
Sapporo Dome 41000 41000 0
Miyagi Stadium 49000 50000 -1000
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium 40000
Saitama Stadium 64000 64000 0
International Stadium Yokohama 72000 72000 0

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

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Tokyo 2020; Paralympic Torch Relay

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Concept: Share Your Light

In line with the concept “Share Your Light”, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay will raise excitement and create a festive-like atmosphere for the Paralympics.

This expresses the sentiment that the light emitted from new individual encounters will be brought together to engender harmony and will be shone brightly on society. It also demonstrates Tokyo 2020’s determination to help achieve a fully-inclusive society by the gathering and meeting of the “light” – human beings – who provide hope and support to others through the Paralympic Torch Relay.

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Schedule

Date Location Event outline
13 – 17 August 2020 Various prefectures (TBD) Flame Lighting Event
Flame Visits
Departure Ceremony
18 August 2020 Shizuoka Prefecture
(co-host prefecture)
Flame Lighting Event
Flame Visits
Torch relay
Departure Ceremony
19 August 2020 Chiba Prefecture
(co-host prefecture)
Flame Lighting Event
Flame Visits
Torch relay
Departure Ceremony
20 August 2020 Saitama Prefecture
(co-host prefecture)
Flame Lighting Event
Flame Visits
Torch relay
Departure Ceremony
21 August 2020 Tokyo (Host City) Flame Lighting Event
Flame Visits
Torch relay
21August 2020 (evening) Tokyo (Host City) Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony
22 – 25 August 2020 Tokyo (Host City) Paralympic Torch Relay around the Host City

* The date of the Heritage Flame Lighting Event in Stoke Mandeville is still to be decided.

 

Torch design

 

Visual identity

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

 

Image: ©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games