The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in conjunction with World Para Swimming (WPS) have made the decision to change the swimming event schedule in Tokyo 2020 – reducing the number of events from 152 to 146 - six less than Rio.
The decision came following two days of meetings in Bonn, Germany, on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday January 27 and 28 where the IPC made a number of key decisions regarding the PyeongChang 2018, Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
The IPC have announced that there will now be 76 swimming events for men and 67 for women along with three mixed gender relays - two of which are new additions to the program; a 4x100m freestyle relay for athletes with a vision impairment and a 4x100m freestyle relay for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
The following events have been removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games:
50FS S1, S6, S8, S12
100FS S7, S9, S11, S13
200FS S2, S3
100FS S6, S8, S13
50FS S5, S7, S9, S12
While the below have been added:
100BF S12, S14
Swimming Australia Paralympic Performance Manager Adam Pine, said while the decision was disappointing he and the team would now be focussing on how best to achieve peak performance in Tokyo.
“Swimming Australia is talking to both athletes and coaches about how we can support them through this change and what things they can do to help them adapt,” Pine said.
“We still have two and a half years until Tokyo so we will evolve along with the sport and turn our focus to elements in our control.
“We will of course adapt our selection criteria to suit the changes and everything we do from now will be with the aim of achieving peak performance in Tokyo.”
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “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.”
A full list of the Tokyo 2020 medal events can be found here.