MOSCOW, January 19 - RIA NEWS, Oleg Bogatov. Due to the pandemic, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) decided to limit the stay of athletes in the Paralympic village before and during the XVI Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Vice President of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC), chief of the mission of the Russian National Team at the Paralympic Games, Pavel Rozhkov told RIA NEWS.
The competition was supposed to take place in 2020, but due to the pandemic, it was postponed and will be held in Japan from August 24 to September 5, 2021. Rozhkov told the agency on Tuesday that the Russians have already won 136 participation quotas. It is planned that the Paralympians will perform in 19 programs out of 22. The composition of the Russian Paralympic delegation can be up to 470 people, including up to 270 athletes.
"The International Paralympic Committee not so long ago, due to the difficult situation with COVID-19, decided that the minimum number of people should be in the Paralympic village during the Games," - Rozhkov said by phone. "Therefore, we were asked to ensure the arrival of representatives of each sport in the village of athletes not earlier than 5-7 days before the start and the departure of athletes immediately after the end of the performances. Now we are defining new dates for the flights for each team. We have never had this before, we urgently change the dates and this creates certain difficulties for us."
"The village for Paralympic athletes opens in Tokyo on August 17," - the agency's interlocutor added. "And on August 15, the first group of our specialists from the Russian Paralympic Committee will arrive. In order to prepare accommodation for athletes, work out various details and organize a training program for teams before the competition".