The International Paralympic Committee will enable 10 sports activities to undertake classification in Tokyo previous to the rearranged Paralympics.
The IPC has quickly suspended its coverage banning classification on the Games due to the variety of athletes needing to be categorized with restricted alternatives to take action beforehand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Classification determines which Para-athletes are eligible to compete in a sport, and teams them into lessons primarily based on their stage of impairment.
In a press release, IPC president Andrew Parsons mentioned it was conscious of the “potential impact” on athletes however added the “pros outweigh the cons”.
“Ensuring that athletes are classified prior to competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games is crucial to safeguarding the integrity and credibility of the competition,” he mentioned.
“Since the pandemic began, our classification department has worked tirelessly with the international federations to provide safe and secure classification. The reality is that for many sports classification and competition opportunities remain limited, while for others the disruption caused by the pandemic has had a significant impact on athletes’ ability to attend classification before the Games.
“This resolution to supply classification alternatives on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has not been taken frivolously by the IPC, allowing for the potential impression on athletes who might change class or be discovered non-eligible at such a late stage.
“However, the pros outweigh the cons in this matter, and we believe this decision will be welcomed by the athlete community, national Paralympic committees and international federations, relieving some of the pressure they face.”
The 10 sports activities for which the IPC is now planning classification in Tokyo are athletics, boccia, canoe, biking (observe and street), judo, rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The different 12 sports activities on the Tokyo programme have been deemed to have enough classification alternatives in place for any athletes requiring it.
The Paralympics are scheduled to happen from 24 August to five September.