Three New Events for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The International Paralympic Committee has decided what events will take place in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.  The decisions were made at their meeting on 27th January 2018.

Swimming for athletes with intellectual impairment will have 3 new events added for Tokyo 2020.  These are S14 (men) 100m butterfly; S14 (women) 100m butterfly and S14 4 x 100 freestyle relay – mixed gender (mens/womens)

The 4x100m freestyle S14 mixed gender relay will be confirmed after the 2019 World Para Swimming World Championships.

The swimming event programme as a whole for Tokyo 2020 will have a balanced stroke programme with no more than six events per class.

There will be no new events for athletes with intellectual impairment in athletics or table tennis in the Tokyo Paralympics. 

Events for athletes with intellectual impairment remain as T20 (men & women) 1500m, 400m and F20 (men & women) Shot, Long Jump.

Table tennis also remains the same with one men’s and one women’s singles event for class 11 players (intellectual impairment).

Overall, for all impairment groups there will be 146 medal events – six less than the Rio 2016 Games. The Tokyo events will be made up 76 for men, 67 for women and three mixed gender relays.

A full list of the events in the Tokyo Paralympics can be found at

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “Following the decisions on athletics, swimming and triathlon, the medals event programme for Tokyo 2020 is almost finalised, with just the eight triathlon medal events to be decided.”

Parsons went on to say: “For both athletics and swimming, we have created programmes that ensure a good cross section of events for athletes in all classes.  By reducing the number of events in both sports from Rio 2016, we also aim to increase the depth of talent in each field and ensure greater long-term event viability.  The addition of mixed gender relays will also enable more countries to participate.”


The IPC Board also discussed the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme. They approved some sports and disciplines to proceed to the next stage of the application process.

The IPC decided that Taekwondo Poomsae, being developed by the World Taekwondo Federation and Inas will not proceed to phase 2.  This means it will not be included in the Paris 2024 Games.  This is because, at the moment, it is not yet practiced widely enough and regularly enough in 32 countries.  This is the minimum number of countries required for individual sports and disciplines to be considered for inclusion in a Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will take place between 25 August – 6 September 2020.