On Saturday, the International Paralympic Committee’s Governing Board is scheduled meet in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and announce which sports have made the final cut for the 2020 Summer Paralympic program. With 16 of the 23 spots on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic program already having been decided, 8 sports are competing for the remaining 7 spots. They are canoe, cycling, football 5-a-side, football 7-a-side, judo, taekwondo, sailing and wheelchair fencing. The IPC also holds the option to select fewer than 7 sports if they desire.
In July of last year, all sports wanting to be on the program had to submit their final paperwork, following initial intention to submit paperwork that was required in January of last year.
Taekwondo is the only sport amongst the eight that has not yet been on the program; badminton which is not currently on the program had their bid approved in the first round. They have been working hard on improving their classification, increasing participation, and developing better relationships with other disability sport organizations in the past year. Last year, the IPC officially recognized WTF as an affiliate organization. In 2013, International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) and WTF also came to an agreement, and the sport was included on the 2013 Deaflympics program. WTF also worked on developing better ties with the IBSA last year. In March of this year, WTF signed a memorandum of understanding with IWAS. The WTF world championships in 2015 will have a para event, and the sport will be a demonstration sport at the 2015 INAS Global Games and the 2015 CPISRA World Games.
The first round of decisions regarding sports on the program was made in October of last year. They include athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, equestrian, goalball, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.