Where is the Paralympic Games taking place?

The 2020 Paralympic Games is taking place in Tokyo, Japan. Japan was the first country in Asia to host the Paralympics in 1964 alongside the Olympic Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will inspire a generation of young and newly disabled people to take up a sport or physical activity. WheelPower provides support and opportunities for disabled people to get into sport and lead active lives.

When are the Paralympic Games taking place?

The Paralympic was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and will now take place from 24 August to 5 September 2021.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium hosted the Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony on 19 August 2021.

Paralympic Games Schedule

Over 4,000 athletes will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. There will be 539 events across 22 sports hosted at 21 different venues.

See the Tokyo 2020 competition schedule

History of the Paralympics

1948 Stoke Mandeville Games Winning TeamOn the 29 July 1948, the day the Olympic Games opened in London, Dr Ludwig Guttmann organised the Stoke Mandeville Games  on the lawns of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Two teams of former servicemen and women who had spinal cord injuries competed in wheelchair archery as part of their rehabilitation programme.

The Games continued and in 1952, the first international Games took place when a team of athletes from the Netherlands travelled to the UK. In 1960 over 400 athletes travelled to Rome to take part in what would become known as the first Paralympic Games. 

Click to learn more about the history of the Paralympic Movement.

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Paralympic Games Events

Not all sports are accessible to wheelchair users but you can find out more about those that are below.

Paralympic Games Athletes

Over 200 athletes will compete as part of the ParalympicsGB team in Tokyo.

Britain's first Paralympic gold was won at the 1960 Rome Games by Margaret Maughan who was competing in the Women's Columbia round open archery event, scoring 484 points. Her feat was recognised when Maughan was chosen to light the Paralympic Cauldron during  the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Margaret was inducted to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Britain's most successful Paralympian is swimmer Mike Kenny who won 16 individual gold medals, as well as two relay silvers, in four Games. Britan's most successful Paralympians of the modern era include cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE and  swimmer Dave Roberts. 

Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame

British Team

A number of athletes in the British team attended the Inter Spinal Unit Games during their spinal cord injury rehabilitaiton, or attended the WheelPower National Junior Games or a sports Camp. Some have received sports equipment to help them compete or have trained or competed at Stoke Mandeville Stadium which is owned by WheelPower.  

David Weir

David won ten Paralympic medals - including six golds. David will compete in the 1500 and 5000 meters.

Jess Stretton

Introduced to archery at a WheelPower sports camp, Jess won two archery gold medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Ben Pritchard

Ben attended the Inter Spinal Unit Games and took up rowing in late 2016.  Ben has had a phenomenal rise to the international stage.

Amy Conroy

Having won silver medals at World Championships and European Championships,  can Amy and the team challenge for the gold in Tokyo?

Ali Jawad

Ali Jawad is a British powerlifter who competes in the -59kg class. Ali has previously trained and competed at WheelPower's Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Issy Bailey

Issy attended the Inter Spinal Unit Games and took up shooting during her rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville

Read more about some of the athletes we'll be watching in Tokyo

Information on all British athletes

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