Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be held from 24 August to 5 September 2021. Around 4,400 Para athletes from more than 160 countries and territories will take part in 22 sports, namely archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis, while badminton and taekwondo will feature in the Paralympics for the first time.
The emblem is developed from the chequered pattern known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period. Composed of three varieties of indigo blue rectangular shapes, the design represents the connection of athletes of different countries, cultures and ways of thinking and promote the message of diversity and harmony.
The Paralympic mascot was born from a traditional chequered pattern and cherry blossom flowers. It has superpower and loves being in nature. The name SOMEITY comes from “Someiyoshino”, a popular type of cherry blossom, and additionally echoes the English phrase “so mighty” which embodies the toughness and determination of the Paralympic athletes.
The Motto “United by Emotion” emphasises the power of sport to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to connect and celebrate in a way that reaches beyond their differences.
Hong Kong Delegation
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be the 13th Paralympic Games that Hong Kong participates in since 1972. A total of 64 Hong Kong Delegation members, including 24 athletes and 40 coaches, sports science and medical officials, delegation officials and NPC representatives, will compete in eight sports, namely archery, athletics, boccia, equestrian, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and badminton, the sport making its debut in Paralympics.