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Six Months to Tokyo Paralympic Games

On Tuesday, Paralympics Ireland marked the 6 Months To Go milestone to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

The opening ceremony will take place at the Olympic Stadium on August 25th, with the first athletes competing the following day.

Athlete Patrick Monahan, who competes in the T53 wheelchair category, said he’s determined to qualify once again. At the Games in Rio in 2016, Monahan placed 16th in the marathon event.

“I am determined that I will get back onto that stage again,” he said. “The Paralympic Games are the ultimate aim for me and my fellow para athletes.”

Para-cycler Ronan Grimes, who is hoping to qualify for the Games for the first time, said he feels confident after winning a bronze medal at the Para Track World Championships in Canada last month.

“Ever since I first sat in the saddle of my bike, I have dreamt about qualifying for the Paralympic Games and representing my country.

“The next few months are crucial for me and for all my fellow athletes, so I will be concentrating on producing the best rides that I can over the next few months and guaranteeing my place on the plane.”

The Irish team will leave for Tokyo on August 10th from Dublin Airport. The Paralympic Games will take place from August 25th until September 6th.

Courtney Fitzmaurice

Her Sport contributor. DCU journalism grad. Former Sports Editor at The College View.

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