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Tokyo 2020 Para athletics Test Event date announced

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The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced on December 11 the date of the Para athletics Test Event.

Para athletics will take place on 11 May at the Olympic Stadium in the Japanese capital. The competition will be held two days after the Olympic Athletics Test Event in the same venue.

Para athletics is one of the eight sports included in the programme of the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy in 1960, and has been part of the Games ever since.

A total of 1,100 athletes are set to compete in 167 Para athletics medal events at Tokyo 2020.

The Organising Committee had published a revised Test Event calendar in 27 November, following changes made in the wake of the postponement of the Games to 2021. But the exact date of the Para athletics event was still to be confirmed.

The new updated calendar covers test events for 18 Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, also including Para swimming and wheelchair rugby.

The test events will test three essential elements: the field of play (competition area) for each event, the use of technology, and workforce – with a particular focus on technical aspects including countermeasures against COVID-19.

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