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Up to 4,400 Athletes Expected to Compete in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

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Brasil's Felipe Gomes (left) and his guide Leonardo Souza Lopes run to win the Men's 200-meter final T11 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 4. Photo: Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

Up to 4,400 athletes are expected to compete in 537 medal events in 22 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, according to an announcement by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Commenting on the IPC’s decision, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “The IPC’s decision will lead to the highest ever representation of female athletes at a Paralympic Games, with at least 1,756 slots now secured for them. This clearly demonstrates the IPC’s drive to achieve a better gender balance at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and will ensure the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games helps further promote the Paralympic Movement. I’d like to express my appreciation to President Craven, Chief Executive Officer Gonzalez and the other IPC governing board members for putting together such a fascinating event program.”

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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