About the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
**Updated: 31 March, 2020**
New dates have been announced for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The Games will now take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021.
A total of 22 sports are scheduled for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Para-badminton and Para-taekwondo will be making their debut at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Australian Paralympic Team Chef de Mission
Chef de Mission of the 2020 Australian Paralympic Team
As the first female Chef de Mission to be appointed by Paralympics Australia, Kate McLoughlin led the Australian Paralympic Team to fifth place on the medal tally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Kate has been widely lauded for the performance-driven, inclusive and supportive environment she helped to create for the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, and her proven ability to excel in the unique environment of a Games saw her reappointment as Chef de Mission for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
In addition to being the recipient of the Australian Institute of Sport’s Award for Leadership in 2016, Kate was named Best Official from Rio 2016 at the 2017 International Paralympic Awards Gala. Kate is the only Australian to have won the award and the first Australian to win an International Paralympic Award in any category since 2009.
Australian Paralympic Team Co-Captains
Ryley Batt, Wheelchair rugby
Ryley Batt helped lead the Australian Steelers to their first Paralympic gold medal in 2012, and carved his name in history once again as a member of the first wheelchair rugby team to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a world title in a four-year period, when the Steelers won gold at the 2014 World Championships and 2016 Paralympics. Tell me more about Ryley Batt
Danni Di Toro, Para-table tennis
Danni Di Toro is a six-time Paralympian who made her Paralympic debut in wheelchair tennis in 1996 before transitioning to Para-table tennis in 2016. She is a two-time Paralympic medallist and winner of 20 Grand Slam titles. She was the 1999 Australian Female Paralympian of the Year and the recipient of an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Tell me more about Danni Di Toro
Someity: the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Mascot
The name Someity comes from “Someiyoshino”, a popular type of cherry blossom, and the phrase ‘so mighty’. Someity has a calm and quiet presence, guided by great inner strength, but can display superpowers that embody the toughness and determination of the Paralympic athletes.
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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Medals
The design of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games medal features a traditional Japanese fan motif. They also feature “Tokyo 2020” in braille on the forward-facing side of the medal. A series of circular indentations on the side of the medals – one for gold, two for silver, three for bronze – make the medal types easy to distinguish by touch, the first time in Paralympic history that this provision has been made for athletes with a vision impairment.
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Australia’s history at the Games
Australia has participated at every Paralympic Games since the first in Rome 1960 and has established itself as a leading Paralympic nation.
To date, 999 athletes have represented Australia at the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, winning a total of 1,190 medals. 961 Australians have competed at the Summer Paralympics, winning 1,156 medals.
Tokyo 1964 & 2020 Paralympic Games
Tokyo 2020 will be the 16th Summer Paralympic Games and will be the second time the Games have been hosted by the Japanese capital, the first being in 1964.
At the 1964 Paralympic Games, 375 athletes from 21 countries competed across nine sports. Australia finished fifth on the overall medal tally with 12 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals (total of 30 medals).