Tokyo 2020 Round-Up: 100 Days To Go Until Paralympic Games


With the Olympic Video games set to kick off on the finish of July, preparations for the Video games are starting in all sports activities, not simply in swimming. On this sequence, SwimSwam seems to be at a few of the main information from outdoors of swimming as athletes world wide proceed to arrange and qualify for the rescheduled Olympic Video games that are as a result of start in Tokyo on July twenty third, and Paralympic Video games, that are scheduled to start August twenty fourth.

100 Days To Go Till The Paralympic Video games

As of right this moment, Might 18th, there are formally 100 days till the beginning of the Paralympic Video games. To mark the event, the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a promotional video forward of what’s going to be, if nothing else, one of the crucial uncommon Olympic Video games ever.

Narrated by Irish Paralympic swimming medalist Ellen Keane, the video follows the theme of ‘coming collectively as one’ and ‘realising human potential’.

The long-awaited reunion of the world’s greatest para-athletes will start on August twenty fourth, with the swimming portion of the occasion taking place between August twenty fifth and September third.

Many athletes, together with Keane, can be vying for an additional podium end through the rescheduled Video games. Ellen gained a bronze medal within the 100m breaststroke on the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Keane additionally turned the youngest ever Irish athlete to compete at a Paralympic Video games in 2008 when she competed within the Beijing Paralympics. Tokyo will mark her 4th Video games.

World Champion Bicycle owner Declares He Received’t Compete In Tokyo

As athletes world wide proceed to try qualification for the Olympics, world champion bike owner Julian Alaphilippe has introduced that he is not going to be competing on this Summer season’s Video games.

The 28-year-old would have been a agency favorite to win a medal within the street race after ending fourth in the identical occasion on the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games.

The Frenchman has stated through his Instagram account that “It’s a private, well-considered resolution”. He added:

“After giving it numerous thought, I’ve determined, after agreeing with the nationwide coach and my Deceuninck-Fast Step staff, to not make myself out there for choice for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics”

Alaphilippe is the present defending world titleholder within the street race after profitable the occasion whereas competing on the UCI Highway World Championships in Imola, Italy in 2020. His victory additionally marked the primary time a Frenchman had gained the race in 23 years.

He’s, nevertheless, scheduled to race the Tour de France which begins in Brest, France on June twenty sixth and it’s thought that he’ll try to defend his world title in a while within the yr.

Britain Undecided on Pfizer Vaccine Supply

The British Authorities is alleged to nonetheless be deciding on whether or not to just accept a suggestion of fast-tracked inoculation for athletes heading to the Video games this summer season.

Pfizer has made the provide to a lot of Olympic Committees to date, with Brazil’s Olympic delegation lately accepting the provide and planning to start vaccinating as quickly as this week.

At current, UK residents aged 38 and over are being provided the vaccine. Minister for Sport, Nigel Huddleston, stated whereas talking to Sky Information: “It’s delicate as a result of the philosophy has been primarily based on age and that’s been proved to be the suitable factor.

“The largest indicator is age is the most important issue and naturally Pfizer have provided for the Olympics and we’ve requested them about that.”

British Olympic Affiliation chairman, Hugh Robertson, added: “The federal government’s vaccine rollout has been glorious and, coupled with the IOC’s donation of the Pfizer vaccine for athletes, means we’re hopeful of getting all athletes vaccinated earlier than they journey to Tokyo.

“It’s important for this to occur quickly, to guarantee our hosts in Tokyo that we’re doing all we will to maintain their inhabitants protected.”

Last Tokyo Coordination Assembly Taking Place This Week

The ultimate Coordination Fee assembly is going down nearly this week (Might nineteenth) and can purpose to finalise a lot of key sensible measures that can permit a protected and safe Video games to be run.

The three-day assembly will happen between organisers Tokyo 2020 and the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), who’ve insisted that the Video games will happen as deliberate.

The 2 our bodies have already made steps to mitigate danger for residents of Japan and members through the Video games, together with creating ‘playbooks’ that are detailed guides for the way the occasion can be held.

That includes within the assembly can be Coordination Fee chair John Coates, Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, and Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Video games, Tamayo Marukawa.


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