Day 11: Men’s F20 Long Jump finishes Games campaign for athletes with Intellectual Impairment. By Mousumi Mazumdar After 11 days of non-stop actions, the events for athletes with an Intellectual Impairment at Tokyo 2020 concluded with the F20 Men’s Long-Jump today. The rain was stronger than the preceding days at Tokyo Olympic Stadium, making it […]
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Day-10 (Part-2): Title reclaimed after 9 years by Karolina Kucharczyk (POL) By Mousumi Mazumdar The women’s Athletics concluded tonight with F20 Long Jump. The rain from this morning continued its downpour and made athletes uncomfortable on the pit, but they came, jumping out with flying colors. Two old rivals- Mikela Ristoski from Croatia and Karolina […]
Day-10 (Part-1): Barbara Bieganowska- Zajac from wins her 4th Paralympic Gold medal in 1500m By Mousumi Mazumdar It was another rainy and damp day at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium and this did not stop the athletes’ splendid performances. Experienced Paralympians returned to the podium which has been dominated by first-timers. Polish runner, Barbara Bieganowska, at […]
Day 9:New World Records created in Aquatics at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games By Mousumi Mazumdar Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be remembered for the Paralympians making an outstanding debut and the ‘WOW’ moments they gave the audience. S14 athletes competed in the last races of their tournament to grab the remaining six medals. With the […]
September 02, 2021. When three F20 Shot Put athletes were marked as DNS – Did Not Start, it put a global spotlight on athletes with an intellectual impairment and their disability needs. Ecuador’s Jordi Patricio Congo Villalba, Australian Todd Hodgetts, and Rio 2016 champion, Malaysian Muhammad Zolkefli – were disqualified from the event on 31 […]
Day-7: Another hot, humid and wet evening at Tokyo did not affect multiple World records. By Mousumi Mazumdar Valeriia Shabalina (RPC) and Reece Dunn (GBR) claimed their third Gold. Shabalina claims her third gold medal from Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the women’s 200m Individual Medley. She clocked a time of 2:20.99sec, to beat the […]
Day-5 (Part 2): Ecuadorian sisters dominate Women’s F20 Shot Put at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics By Mousumi Mazumdar The inaugural event in Athletics for athletes with an Intellectual Impairment was pushed off today. It was a very exciting day at the Olympic Stadium where Ecuadorian sisters dominated the F20 Shot Put field. Poleth Isamar Mendez Sanchez […]
Day – 5 (Part 1): Peter Palos (HUN) claims third Gold and fourth Paralympic Medal in the Men’s Table Tennis Final By Rebekah Thornton The final of the Men’s Class-11 category took place today in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Peter Palos (HUN) went up against Samuel von Einem (AUS) in a nail-biting final. Both no […]
Day – 4 (Part 2): Elena Prokofeva (RPC), at the age of 50, claims the GOLD medal in the Women’s Table Tennis. By Mousumi Mazumdar The Semi-finals and Final in the Women’s Class-11 category made their way into the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium today. Finalists, Elena Prokofeva (RPC) and Lea Ferney (FRA) made their debut into […]
Day-4: Former Paralympic champion, Florian van Acker, blames humidity for losing Table Tennis semi-final match. By Mousumi Mazumdar Florian van Acker was disappointed with the humid weather here at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, which he claims cost him the chance of progressing to the Finals. Florian competed against Australia’s Samuel von Einem who won 3-2. […]
Breanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic GamesBreanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 400m (T20) shares her Games experience.
MakingInvisibleVISIBLE - Celebrating Tokyo 2020 Paralympians in Intellectual Impairment class eventsThe Paralympians who competed at Tokyo2020 in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis in the intellectual impairment class events. 63 Medals. 120 Athletes. You shine like stars!
Photo credit: OIS Photos
Athletes with Intellectual Impairment at Tokyo2020 Paralympic GamesAt the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, athletes with intellectual impairments competed in 22 medal events across Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis. This is a short highlights reel of some of the images from Tokyo2020, thanks to OISPhotos and ITTF.
Todd "the HULK" HodgettsBefore leaving Tokyo, Todd the Hulk shared with Virtus some of his thoughts.
Tokyo will be Todd's third consecutive Paralympic Games, the most any Australian athlete with an intellectual impairment has ever competed at.
Virtus - Our place in the human raceAcross the world, there are between 156-250 million people who live with a disability that is not visible. Source: WHO Report on Disability 2011.
Intellectual Impairment knows no boundaries. It cuts across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds, and it can occur in any family.
There is a solution - SPORTS.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport for 35 years has been on a mission to drive the development of elite sport worldwide for athletes with an intellectual impairment. But, like our athletes, Virtus has been invisible, mainly making a visible global impact every four years during the Global Games, which qualifies some ID athletes to compete at Paralympics in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis only.
It's our time, to balance the scales and see millions of people have opportunities and access to sport, advocate for more inclusion of athletes and sports, and change the world for athletes with ID.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Qualifier- Aki FuruyaAki Furuya from Japan qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and is all set to win Japan's first medal in T20 category (Athletics).
GAEL GEFFROY- Tokyo 2020 Qualifier (Athletics)French runner Gael Geffroy qualified for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and is looking forward to winning a medal.
Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Qualifier- Lucas CreangeFrench Table Tennis player Lucas Creange who qualified for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games spoke to Virtus about his pre-games preparation.