Tokyo Paralympic Events Scheduled to Avoid Summer Heat

Sports

Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)--The 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee announced Tuesday detailed schedules for all 22 Paralympic sports events, with many of them set early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the scorching summer heat.

The starting time for the marathon will be bumped up to 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 (9:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 GMT), the last day of the quadrennial Summer Games, from the initial plan of 7 a.m., so runners can avoid the effects of the summer heat.

The triathlon, held on Aug. 29 and 30, will also begin half an hour earlier than originally scheduled, starting at 7:30 a.m. on both days. An additional day of competition has been added for the equestrian events so their starting times can be delayed to the evening, letting both the athletes and horses compete in a cooler environment.

For archery, the men's and women's individual competitions, as well as the mixed team competition will be conducted from 5 p.m. for athletes in the W1 class of impairment, or those with impairments to all four limbs who use a wheelchair.

The sporting events will commence on Aug. 26, the day after the opening ceremony. The first medals will be awarded for the women's individual 3,000-meter track cycling pursuit for athletes with impairment to their limbs.

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