The competition schedule for Sitting Volleyball has been confirmed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee as part of its overall sport competition plan for the Paralympic Games, with the first serve set for 28 August running through to 6 September.
Just like at Rio 2016, six days of Sitting Volleyball competition will take place followed by two days of semifinals and classifiers, before the medal matches will be contested on the last two days of the Games. Days featuring pool matches will feature three sessions, starting at 10:00 (local time) and finishing at 22:00 before the semifinals will feature two sessions and the finals, one.
“We are pleased to be able to have the dates for Sitting Volleyball already locked in two years out from the Paralympic Games,” World ParaVolley Sport Director Laurent Torrecillas (FRA) said. “After the great success of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics, we are looking forward to having another epic Sitting Volleyball competition, which will attract and engage fans from around the world. The next step is next year’s qualifiers where we will find the five remaining teams to qualify alongside Japan, Russia and USA (women) and Japan, Iran and Bosnia & Herzegovina (men).”
In finalising the sport competition schedule – following its approval during the sixth International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Project Review – Tokyo 2020 took a holistic approach, taking into account the athletes’ experience and well-being, technical rules and regulations of the various international federations, gender balance, the popularity of individual sports in Japan, operational considerations, and the global TV audience.
Overall, events are scheduled so they are more accessible to families and a wide range of people. Ticket sales for the Tokyo 2020 Games will start in summer 2019 and there are plans for the updated schedule for all 540 Paralympic events to be published by then.
Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The publication of the Paralympic Games sport competition schedule is a key landmark for any Organising Committee and we are delighted that Tokyo 2020 has made it available with 22 months still to go.
“The Paralympic Games are an event that the whole family can enjoy, and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sport competition schedule has been designed with a family audience very much in mind. The vast majority of sessions are finished by 22:00 each day which will enable different generations of families to attend and enjoy the terrific sporting action.
“With the sport competition schedule now published, the public can start to plan which sports they would like to attend ahead of tickets going on sale next summer.”
For more on the IPC’s Project Review, especially the positive progress, improving accessibility and accommodation issues, read the full story here on paralympic.org