It has been officially decided that the Deaflympics 2025 Summer Games, an international sports event for the deaf, will be held in Tokyo in September. The Deaflympics is a multi-sport competition for hearing-impaired people held on a global scale once every four years, and this will be the first time it will be held in Japan.
At the Deaflympics, all communication is done in international sign language, and the competition is run under the same rules as the Olympics, except for eliminating the information gap, such as visual cues such as the sound of the start and the voice of the referee. Compared to parasports as a whole, social interest in deaf sports is still low, and this event is expected to spread the appeal of deaf sports and provide an opportunity to connect people and society with deaf sports and deaf athletes.
In addition to the Deaflympics, it has been decided that an international parasports competition will be held in Japan following the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Major international parasports competitions scheduled to be held in the future, such as the Para-Badminton World Championships 2022 to be held in Tokyo in November this year, and the World Para Athletics Championships to be held in Kobe in 2024. Introducing
Deaflympics 2025 Summer Games
Date: November 15-26, 2025 (12 days)
A multi-sport competition for hearing-impaired people held on a global scale once every four years. On September 10th, Japan was selected as the venue for the tournament at the General Assembly of the International Committee for Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), which is the host of the tournament. The 2025 Summer Games, which will be held in Japan, will mark the 100th year since the first Deaflympics in 1924. According to the event plan, people who can hear and people who can’t can jointly hold the event, promoting communication and barrier-free information, and demonstrating an advanced symbiotic society. There are four major concepts for the tournament.
(1) Convey the appeal of deaf sports, with deaf athletes as the main characters, and connect with people and society
(2) Realization of the Deaflympics Movement “A world where no one is left behind (SDGs)”
③ Deaflympics 100th anniversary and historic competition
(4) Utilization of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and further leap forward
21 sports such as track and field, badminton and basketball were held at the Summer Games, and 2,412 athletes from 73 countries participated in the 24th Summer Games held this year. Bronze 10).
Figure: Proposed venue layout for the 2025 Deaflympics
The competition venues are mainly in Tokyo. The soccer competition will be held in Fukushima Prefecture, and the cycling competition will be held in Shizuoka Prefecture (shooting competition <50m> venue is being adjusted)
Photo: Decision to host the Deaflympics in Japan at the ICSD General Assembly (Photo courtesy of the Japan Federation of the Deaf)
Upcoming Parasport International Competitions
BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2022
Date: November 1-6, 2022 (6 days)
Venue: National Yoyogi Stadium First Gymnasium
The Para-Badminton World Championships are held once every two years. The tournament will be held at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1 Gymnasium, which was the venue for para-badminton at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. can be At the previous 2019 Games, the Japanese national team won 11 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 9 bronze). It is attractive that you can watch the games of top athletes such as Tokyo Paralympic gold medalist Sarina Satomi up close. A school spectator program for about 3,000 people is also planned for this tournament.
Photo: Hulic Daihatsu BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2022 Key Visual
(Photo courtesy of Japan Para-Badminton Federation)
Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics Championships
Date: May 17-25, 2024 (9 days)
Venue: Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
The World Para Athletics Championships, founded by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), are the world’s premier para athletics events held every two years. This is the second biggest event after the Paralympic Games, and 1,300 people from about 100 countries are expected to participate. The world’s top athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities gather. Kobe City was selected as the venue for the 11th tournament, which will be held for the first time in East Asia and Japan. It was originally scheduled for September 2021, but has been postponed to 2024. In preparation for the Games, Kobe City is working on “town development” for an inclusive society, and is preparing to welcome athletes and spectators.
Photo: Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics Championships Key Visual (Photo courtesy of Kobe City)
5th Asian Para Games
Date: Mid to late October 2026
Venue: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture
Overview: Asia’s largest all-around sports event for people with disabilities, held once every four years to promote the Paralympic movement and further develop competitive sports in the Asian region. It will be held in Nagoya, Aichi in April this year. Approximately 4,000 people from 45 countries and regions that are members of the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) will participate in 18 sports (estimated). Its predecessor was the Far East and South Pacific Physically Disabled Sports Festival (Fespic) held in Oita in 1975, promoted by Dr. Yutaka Nakamura. It will be the first Asian Para Games to be held in Japan, and will be held together with the 20th Asian Games, which will be held earlier.
World Masters Games 2027 Kansai
Date: May 14-30, 2027 (17 days)
Venue: Fukui Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, Tokushima Prefecture, Kyoto City, Osaka City, Sakai City, Kobe City, 13 prefecture ordinance cities
The world’s largest participation-type lifelong sports event with about 50,000 participants. It was originally scheduled to be held in 2021, but due to the corona crisis, it has been postponed several times and has been decided to be held in 2027
. 59 events in 35 sports, a diverse number of competitions. Anyone over the age of 30 can participate. There are also competitions in which people with and without disabilities can participate together under the same rules. It is attracting attention as a “place” where people with disabilities and able-bodied people can promote mutual understanding, foster empathy and a sense of unity, and experience inclusive sports. The venues are spread over a wide area of 2 prefectures and 7 prefectures in the Kansai region, and are expected to revitalize the region and have economic effects as sports tourism.
World Masters Games 2021 Kansai Organizing Committee: Logo image
Photo courtesy of: World Masters Games 2021 Kansai Organizing Committee
* Reference: Japan Sports Agency – Sports Festival Anyone Can Participate -World Masters Games 2021 Kansai-
We have introduced five major international competitions that will be held in the future, but they are all attractive competitions where you can experience the real thrill of parasports. In addition, the operation of each event is a form that makes use of the legacy cultivated by the Tokyo 2020 Games. The sight of people in various positions and situations enjoying sports “together” gives us a glimpse of the “realization of an inclusive society” in the future. In the 3rd Sports Basic Plan, the Japan Sports Agency has set the realization of an inclusive society centered on sports as a policy goal.・I hope that this growing interest will continue and develop.
Why don’t you take this opportunity to experience parasports first-hand by watching and participating in each competition?
●This article refers to the following materials
All Japan Federation of the Deaf – Tokyo has been selected as the venue for the 2025 Deaflympics (2022-09-01
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