Record Number of Female Athletes to Compete at Paralympics

Record Number of Female Athletes to Compete at Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will feature more female athletes than any previous Games.

Included in the Paralympic medal event programme are at least 1,756 slots for female athletes, the most ever, which represents a 17 per cent increase in the number of women that took part in London 2012. The IPC state ‘This number is likely to increase further due to the allocation of 294 gender free slots.’

IPC president Sir Philip Craven announced “In determining the final Tokyo 2020 programme we wanted to increase the number of slots for female athletes and athletes with high support needs”.

In total The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 4,400 athletes who will compete in 537 medal events the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). 

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Medal events and athlete quotas can be found here

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