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Tokyo 2020 organizers release schedule for Paralympics

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-13 23:06
The Olympic torch of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is displayed at a Torch Relay event to mark the 300-day milestone to the starting date of the torch relay in Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

TOKYO -- The organizers of next year's Tokyo Paralympics on Tuesday revealed a detailed schedule for the Games on Tuesday, with the goal of "full stadiums" for every event.

According to the organizers, the opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the new national stadium on Aug 25 and Sept 6 next year, respectively. Both will run from 8 pm to 11 pm local time, the same as the Olympics.

The first gold medal event will be in cycling on Aug 26 next year, the day after the opening ceremony.

The ticket prices will start from 500 yen (about $5) for groups and families. The organizers aim to make the Games especially accessible to elementary and junior high school students.

"We really want children to watch, because they need courage and passion to grow. Watching athletes with disabilities perform such outstanding feats is great encouragement," Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General Masaaki Komiya said.

The organizing committee will start accepting applications for ticket purchases on its official website on Aug 22.

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