The Tokyo Paralympic Games begin on August 24. The French team aims to win 35 medals in the competition scheduled until September 5. The goal: to improve her performance in Rio in 2016. In particular, thanks to cycling and table tennis.
The torch of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo will (finally) be lit. Nearly 4,500 athletes prepare to do battle in about twenty sports, with the key to… 540 gold medals to win.
What do you offer the embarrassment of choice for sports enthusiasts. It remains to compose his own television set. For this, Events calendar It is located on the official website of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). A small reminder, do not forget to take into account the seven-hour time difference between France and Japan.
Also on the IOC website, beginners will find out Specific rules for each sport, explained via small entertaining videos (but only in English). French Handball Federation It also details (in a more comprehensive way) the rules and classifications of a range of sports.
A useful aid, in particular for understanding events that are only in a manual version like “boccia”, a game very close to pétanque. And in order not to miss anything in the path of the French contenders and to bring supporters together, APF France Handicap created a website for the occasion called cap sport.
New Paralympic sports: badminton and taekwondo
New for 2021: Taekwondo enters the competition for the first time. Just like badminton. A final discipline in which several Frenchmen should shine, including two-time world champion Lucas Mazur at Parapadmenton.
Goal: 35 medals in Tokyo compared to 28 in Rio
The ambitious French delegation and 150 athletes aim to achieve the goal of “35 medals” announced Jean Miner, sporting director of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee (CPSF) in Tokyo. It will be a matter of performing better than in Brazil in 2016. Then France collected 28 medals (including 9 gold). In the medal table for the Rio de Janeiro Games, it climbed to 12th in the ranking dominated by China (239 podiums) and the United Kingdom (147).
Prediction: A rain of medals in French cycling
What about the chances of France winning medals? All eyes naturally turn to its flag-bearers: judoka Sandrine Martinet, covered in gold in Rio in 2016, tennis player Stefan Hodet, Paralympic medalist and former winner Roland Garros …
But not only. A rain of medals should fall in the French cycling race led by Alexandre Lyautey, Dorian Follon, Kevin Le Conveve or Marie Patoyer. Be it track or road events. Also note the presence of two formidable tandems, Alexandre Loveras led by Corentin Erminault and Raphael Pugier led by François Pervis.
On the hand bike side (recumbent bike): “Cycling can reasonably hope to win ten to twelve medals », believes Norbert Krantz, director of the high performance unit at the French Handball Federation. In this specialty, Riad Tarsem and Luke Fergno are strong.
Another French specialty is table tennis, which is hoping to win many medals in singles and teams, with entries expected from Thu Kamkasomphou, Fabien Lamirault and Stéphane Molliens.
Hope: Le Faure and François Elly reign supreme in Japan?
On the athletics track, French Marie-Amelie Le Faure (gold medalist in the length and over 400 meters in Rio) and Mandy François Illy (the last European champion for the 100 meters and 200 meters, silver medalist at the last Games) should shine at the Paralympics .
In men, it will be necessary to closely follow Timothy Adolf, among the best in the world for 100 and 400 metres. The long jump also promises to be exciting, with Dimitri Pavady (T64 class) and Arnaud Assumani, five-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder in his class (T46) with 7m 82.
Also not to be missed, French Ridouane Hanouni Bouzidi (specialist in 1500m) or Pierre Verbank, one of the greatest figures in wheelchair racing.
Games Promises: Majors and Favorites Many
In swimming, Ugo Didier, Alex Portal, Laurent Chardard and swimmer Annael Roulette will accompany another great name in Parasports for Japan: David Smetanen. Less well-known but highly promising, Guillaume Toucoullet, for his part, could create a surprise in an entirely different field: shooting.
Finally, on the team sports side, the wheelchair rugby and blind football teams (five-player football, visually impaired category) also have big ambitions. The outgoing European champion, France’s Boca team will enjoy their first participation in the Games. To discover some of my favorites in more detail, Franceinfo has just produced a series of paintings.
A small Prévert-style inventory is far from comprehensive. Once again, many of the French should shine in the two weeks. A special opportunity to reveal the stars who will defend the colors of France at the Paris 2024 Games and thus increase the number of their fans…
The stands without an audience
Tokyo should play a staging role to Paris for the French organisation, which hopes to take fans to stadiums within three years. The fans… that’s what we’ll be sorely missing at the 2021 Paralympics, where events will take place behind closed doors.
100 hours of live TV
A sight worthy of admiration, however, without moderation in front of its small (or large) screen. Significantly every day the Tokyo Games will be broadcast on France Télévisions channel, with over 100 hours of live broadcasting.
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