TOKYO, Aug 3: The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event that has been postponed until next year, organisers said on Monday.
Tokyo organisers made a similar announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics. The Paralympics open on August 24, 2021, and close on September 5. The Olympics are to open on July 23.
Organisers have lined up the same 43 venues that would have been used this year for the Olympics and Paralympics. The massive Athletes Village and the media centre have also been secured.
�There are no major changes to the schedule,� Hide Nakamura, the games delivery officer, said.
�Having the schedule being fixed is a big step for athletes.�
Local organisers and the International Olympic Committee have offered few details about how these two massive events can be held in the midst of a pandemic, or even the wake of a pandemic.
Some medical experts have said the Olympics and Paralympics cannot be held safely unless there is a vaccine. Others have said quarantines could be enough to safeguard Japan from athletes coming in from more than 200 countries and territories. � AP