Paralympic chief hails Tokyo 2020 prep but hotels 'biggest concern'

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The Paralympics chief has said the 2020 Games are 'on track,' but raised alarm bells over a dearth of accessible hotel rooms in Tokyo with only ...

TOKYO: The Paralympics chief has said the 2020 Games are"on track," but raised alarm bells over a dearth of accessible hotel rooms in Tokyo with only one year to go.

But outside the village, currently only half of the fully accessible rooms needed for the Games are available and Paralympic officials do not want hotels to be too widely dispersed around the vast Japanese capital for fear of creating a knock-on transport headache. The change in legislation will be a positive legacy from the Games and Parsons hoped the competition would also promote a change in attitude.

"They understand they have an issue. They understand this is a problem for us, for the Games, so we are working on it together."Parsons said he hoped the later start date for the Paralympics would reduce some of the problems feared from heat and humidity during the Olympics but noted that there were specific issues faced in disability sport.

"Wheelchair users need more time to prepare, so it probably means they will have to wake up at 2am but the wellbeing of athletes is the No. 1 priority for us," stressed the IPC boss. He noted that despite an accessible transport system,"you don't see persons with disabilities moving around because there is a cultural barrier. There is an expectation that they should stay at home".

 

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