Timetable confirmed for rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

4 Aug 2020

The competition timetable for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has been published, as the countdown continues to next summer's event in the Japanese capital. 

The Paralympics have been moved back a year, to the summer of 2021 - but the swimming schedule remains as one of the biggest parts of the Games, with action at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on 10 of the 12 days of competition. 

The Opening Ceremony will now take place on Tuesday 24th August 2021, with 16 medals up for grabs on the first day of para-swimming the following day, Wednesday 25th August. 

The first final in the pool will be the Men's S9 400m Freestyle, an event that saw now-retired British athlete Lewis White claim bronze for ParalympicsGB four years ago in Rio. 

Among other notable dates for British supporters to look out for, eight-time world champion Alice Tai could be eyeing success in the Women's S8 100m Backstroke showpiece on Friday 27th August, Tom Hamer's attempt to upgrade his Rio silver to Tokyo gold in the Men's S14 200m Freestyle is pencilled in for the same day - and Ellie Simmonds' bid to become champion at a fourth successive Paralympic Games could lead her to the Women's S6 400m Freestyle final on the penultimate day of action (Thursday 2nd September). 

Tokyo 2020's swimming timetable will draw to a close with the Men's 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay on Friday 3rd September, before the Closing Ceremony brings the curtain down on proceedings two days later, on Sunday 5th September 2021.

Speaking about the confirmation of the rearranged Games' new event schedule, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons said: "The announcement of the competition schedule is always a key milestone for all Paralympic Games.  With just over one year to go, para-athletes can now see when they will be competing, and spectators can start to plan which events they either want to attend in person or view on television."

For a full rundown of the Tokyo 2020 schedule, click HERE.