POSTED: August 25th 2015

Five years and Counting: A Glimpse into the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Celebrations started this morning in Tokyo with Wheelchair Basketball / Tokyo 2020 Mukuo Uta
Celebrations started this morning in Tokyo with Wheelchair Basketball / Tokyo 2020 Mukuo Uta

BRITTANY MILLSAP (USA) / Sports Features Communications 

(SFC) On this day in five years, Tuesday 25 August 2020, the Paralympic Games will open!

A "5 years to go" celebration began in Tokyo this morning. A temporary basketball court was installed on Odaiba where Wheelchair Basketball games took place.

Over a thousand fans came to watch the Wheelchair Basketball event organized by Tokyo 2020 and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. A special 100 spectators were able to try out the sport themselves with experienced Wheelchair Basketball para-athletes.

Some of the most famous athletes and para-athetes from Japan came to participate or show their support. These players included: Hiroaki Kozai, Shinji Negi, Hiroyuki Nagata, Shohei Harada and Kiyoshi Fujisawa. 

Kiyoshi Fujisawa commented on the excitement the public portrayed during the event: "It was great fun trying out the Wheelchair Basketball experience with everyone. I really hope that everyone who came today will become more interested in Wheelchair Basketball and help the sport to get an even larger fan base."

Hiroaki Kozai added, "I hope that the 2020 Paralympics will change general perceptions of sports for persons with an impairment and that the sports will continue to develop way beyond the 2020 Games."

Tokyo is to become the first ever city to host the Paralympic Games on two separate occasions, therefore creating high expectations that Tokyo 2020 will continue the development of the Paralympic Movement.

Today's event created a glimpse of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games and the welcoming environment that will surround it.

** BRITTANY MILLSAP is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has two years of sports media experience with LB3 Lacrosse. She plans to continue her education in sport media while attending grad school at Lindenwood University.

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