Paralympics Ireland hosted a gathering of all its partners and agencies at the Sport Ireland Campus yesterday marking six months to go until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Representatives from Allianz, Citi, Circle K, Toyota, Flogas, Under Armour and Aer Lingus were all present to hear about how plans for the team are developing and to share knowledge about marketing up to and through the games.
Paralympics athletes are subject to the same Rule 40 guidelines and regulations which we revealed changes to on Sport for Business last week.
The meeting also saw some new marketing proposals on how Paralympics Ireland will be presenting itself over the coming months which we will share with Sport for Business members over the coming days.
On August 25th the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Paralympic Games will take place at the Olympic Stadium with the first athletes competing on Wednesday, August 26th.
Team Ireland will be part of the Opening Ceremony and the Irish team have confirmed that they will depart for Tokyo on August 10th from Dublin Airport to the holding camp which will be in Narita City, 71 kilometres from the Olympic Stadium.
The team will stay in Narita until the 18th of August at which point they will move to the Athletes Village in Tokyo. The Cycling team will have their holding camp in Masuda where they will be based before moving to their athlete village for cycling, situated between Izu for the track events and the Fuji Speedway for the road event.
“We are very much looking forward to the beginning of the Paralympic Games in just 6 months time,” said Chef de Mission Denis Toomey.
“The plans are now in place for the team and each day athletes are coming closer to confirming their place on the plane that will depart on August 10th. It is an exciting time for athletes and organisers alike and we can’t wait to help our Irish athletes reach their potential in Tokyo later this year.”
“With just 6 months to go to the games we are entering into a key time for athletes and their coaches,” added CEO Miriam Malone.
“The games are coming fully into focus now and there is so much anticipation about what lies ahead. I am confident that our team will be amongst the best prepared for the competition and will have everything that they will need to produce their best performances at the Games.”
Speaking about the Partners Day event Malone added “I would like to pay tribute to our partners who joined us today for this unique event where they shared their plans for the coming year in an open and enjoyable forum.”
“Without our partners, we would not be able to put in place all of the plans to support our athletes to achieve success at the top level of para-sport and for that, I would like to express my sincere gratitude.”
Athletes Patrick Monahan and Ronan Grimes, pictured above, also joined the group and spoke of their experiences and preparations for the games.
“I have had a taste of the games before in Rio de Janeiro and I am determined that I will get back onto that stage again,” said Monahan.
“The Paralympic Games are the ultimate aim for me and my fellow para-athletes, it is up to me now to try to secure my place on the team and ensure that I am one of the athletes following the Irish flag at the opening ceremony in 6 Months time.”
“Ever since I first sat in the saddle of my bike I have dreamt about qualifying for the Paralympic Games and representing my country,” added Grimes.
“I am in a good place personally after winning bronze at the Para Track World Championships in Canada last month and I feel like there is more to come from me. The next few months are crucial for me and for all my fellow athletes so I will be concentrating on producing the best rides that I can over the next few months and guaranteeing my place on the plane then the games will take care of themselves.”
The 2020 Paralympic Games will be broadcast on RTÉ. The Irish team is expected to be somewhere between 24 and 30 athletes in size.