Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marks one year to go milestone

24 Aug 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has marked one year to go until the start of the Games with a new campaign, #WaitForTheGreats, and will also celebrate the build-up to the event with a new documentary premiering on Netflix on 26th August.

The social media initiative marks the milestone for the second time - after it's initial postponement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The IPC, meanwhile, is also celebrating the launch of ‘Rising Phoenix’, a new Netflix movie about the Paralympic Movement, which will premiere in over 190 countries worldwide on Netflix (below).

The film release was planned to coincide with Tokyo 2020 but will now form part of the celebrations leading up to the Paralympic Games next year.

Telling the story of the Games from the end of Second World War to becoming one of the biggest sporting events in the world, the film features Paralympians such as Jonnie Peacock as well as the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry. 

Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee said: “Today marks one year to go until the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. I know that all those preparing for the Paralympics, in particular the athletes, have faced tough challenges due to the Games’ unprecedented postponement.

“As a part of the recent one year to go programme for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee delivered a message from Japanese swimmer Ikee Rikako emphasising the importance of hope in overcoming adversity. Every time we hear the voices of para-athletes looking forward to next year's Games, it gives us renewed strength to work for the Games’ success.

“With the cooperation and support of many different stakeholders, Tokyo 2020 recently announced the competition schedule for the Paralympic Games. We hope this will provide encouragement and motivation as athletes set their goals and work hard in their daily training.

“We will continue to work closely with the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other related organisations in all aspects of preparations, including COVID-19 countermeasures, as we work to deliver a safe and secure Games.”