Tokyo 2020; Third IPC Tokyo 2020 Project Review concluded

After two days of meetings the IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Japanese Paralympic Committee have concluded the third IPC Tokyo 2020 Project Review.

Xavier Gonzalez (IPC Chief Executive Officer) said:

“All stakeholders are showing great commitment and enthusiasm to staging the best Paralympic Games ever.”

“During our short time here we have been captivated at the visibility of the Paralympic brand around the city and on licensed merchandise. The level of interest and awareness in the Games is like nothing we have experienced with three years still to go.”

“We are greatly encouraged at the passing of the Universal Design 2020 Action Plan and the publication of Tokyo 2020’s own accessibility guidelines. Both will go some way to ensure greater inclusion for all in this city.”

“We want accessibility to be a fundamental part of the design process for all the new venues built for the Games. As for existing venues, we hope that accessibility is not compromised and that all these facilities are brought up to speed with the requirements for hosting Paralympic sport.”

“Across the city, TMG is doing some fantastic work in improving accessibility, but this now needs to go further and cover the private sector.”


About the venue masterplan (to be completed in 2018);

“The road cycling venue can often be a challenge for Organising Committees and we are happy for Tokyo 2020 and the UCI to take the necessary time needed in order to find a suitable and correct venue.”



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PyeongChang 2018; Venue update

Recent changes:

28/12/2016, Paralympic Games;
Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, Snowboard Banked Slalom and Snowboard Cross moved from  Yongpyong Alpine Centre to Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Yongpyong Alpine Centre is scrapped as Paralympic venue, saving “considerable” overlay construction costs and reducing staff from 682 to 332.
Source: PyeongChang2018.


ClusterZoneVenueOlympic Ceremonies / SportsParalympic Ceremonies / SportsTypeCapacity
PyeongChang Mountain ClusterPyeongChang Olympic Plaza
PyeongChang Olympic Stadium
Opening and Closing ceremonies
Opening and Closing ceremonies
PyeongChang Medal PlazaMedal ceremoniesMedal ceremoniesTemporary-
Alpensia Sports ParkAlpensia Ski Jumping CentreSki Jumping, Nordic Combined, Snowboard (Big Air)-Existing13,500
Alpensia Biathlon CentreBiathlonPara Biathlon, Para Cross-Country SkiingExisting7,500
Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing CentreCross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined-Existing7,500
Alpensia Sliding CentreBobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge-New7,000
-Phoenix Snow Park (P,C)Freestyle Skiing, Snowboard-Existing18,000
-Yongpyong Alpine CentreAlpine Skiing (Slalom & Giant Slalom)-Existing6,000
-Jeongseon Alpine CentreAlpine Skiing (Downhill, Super G & Combined)Para Alpine Skiing, Para SnowboardNew6,500
Gangneung Coastal ClusterGangneung Olympic ParkGangneung Hockey CentreIce Hockey IIce Sledge HockeyNew10,000
Gangneung OvalSpeed Skating-New8,000
Gangneung Ice ArenaShort Track Speed Skating, Figure Skating-New12,000
Gangneung Curling CentreCurlingWheelchair CurlingExisting3,500
-Kwandong Hockey CentreIce Hockey II-New6,000

Rio 2016; #FillTheSeats


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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the Agitos Foundation, the IPC’s development arm, gave their full support on Tuesday (27 August) to a global fundraising campaign with an invitation to the world to fund 10,000 Brazilian youngsters to attend next month’s Paralympics.

Launched last Tuesday (23 August) by Greg Nugent, former London 2012 Marketing Director, and co-founder of Inc. London and followed by US Paralympians Tatyana and Hannah McFadden, the #FillTheSeats campaign originally aimed to raise USD 15,000 to send 500 youngsters to the Games.
However, after raising over USD 20,000 in just one week, the IPC and Rio 2016 have asked that the campaign stay open so that more tickets can be donated to local Brazilians as a gift from the world.

The IPC and Rio 2016 have confirmed that up to 10,000 tickets can be purchased by the campaign at price of USD 30 each to include transport, food and unforgettable sport. All funds are being donated to the Paralympic Movement’s global governing body and the Agitos Foundation. The money raised will pay for Brazilian children and people with an impairment to attend the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games which open on 7 September.

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Tokyo 2020; IPC Governing Board approve 19 of Tokyo 2020’s Paralympic sport venues

Photo: Francisco Anzola on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Press release IPC:

IPC Governing Board approve 19 of Tokyo 2020’s Paralympic sport venues

The venue masterplan was presented by Tokyo 2020 to the IPC Governing Board at its meeting in Mexico City on Thursday (12 November)

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board at a meeting in Mexico City on Thursday (12 November) approved the venues for 19 of the 22 Paralympic sports that will take place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

The venues that were approved are as follows:

1. Archery – Dream Island Archery Field

2. Athletics – Olympic stadium

3. Badminton – Yoyogi National Stadium

4. Boccia – Olympic Gymnastic Centre

5. Canoe – Sea Forest Waterway

6. Equestrian – Baji Koen

7. Goalball – Makuhari Messe

8. Judo – Nippon Budokan

9. Rowing – Sea Forest Waterway

10. Shooting – Asaka Shooting Range

11. Swimming – Olympic Aquatics Centre

12. Table Tennis – Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

13. Taekwondo – Makuhari Messe

14. Triathlon – Odaiba Marine Park

15. Sitting volleyball – Makuhari Messe

16. Wheelchair basketball – Ariake Arena and Musashino Forest Sport Centre

17. Wheelchair fencing – Makuhari Messe

18. Wheelchair rugby – Yoyogi National Stadium

19. Wheelchair tennis – Ariake Tennis Park

The venues for track cycling, road cycling, football 5-a-side and powerlifting are still under review from their relevant international federation. As a result these venues are expected to be approved by the IPC Governing Board at its next meeting in April 2016.

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “I would like to thank Tokyo 2020 for taking the due diligence to review their venue masterplan and work with each individual international federation to ensure, where possible, that Paralympic events are held at the same venues as those used for the Olympic Games.

“This new plan not only maximises the use of existing venues, in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, but also puts the interests of the athletes first.

“The approval of the majority of the Paralympic venues is another landmark in the organisation of what I am confident will be sensational Paralympic Games in 2020.”

On the approval by the International Paralympic Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Venue Masterplan, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said: “I am delighted to receive the approval of the International Paralympic Committee for our venue masterplan.

“Since the Paralympic sports programme was confirmed, Tokyo 2020 has conducted a thorough review of its venue plan, with a firm commitment to achieving an ‘athlete-first’ concept. Our overall venue concept places the athletes at the physical and inspirational centre of the Games in the heart of one of the world’s major cities.

“One of the guiding principles of the review has been to ensure that the venues also take into account the specific requirements of Paralympic sports. We will provide the optimal facilities and environment to enable para-athletes to perform to the peak of their abilities and strive to achieve a personal best in Tokyo in 2020.”