Japan’s Cabinet Office endorsed plans on September 27 to improve facilities for the 2020 Paralympics as Japan trail in medals in the recent events. The country is also criticized for how its people treat those with disabilities, and whose disabled athletes are deprived of enough training facilities. Hosting the game events in Tokyo will give the nation the opportunity to show the world that Japan has improved in how it sees and treats people with disability (PWD).
In preparation for the 2020 Paralympics, the government is set to improve arenas and facilities where Paralympic athletes can train. Having different floor elevations will be stopped. Restrooms will also be rid of barriers, while tiles with raised bumps are increased to better assist people who are visually impaired. However, facilities that will go through renovation depend on the decision of the Japan Paralympic Committee and particular sports associations.
There will also be an increase of facilities for PWDs so they can train safely and better. Meanwhile, coaches will be trained to better assist disabled athletes. The Cabinet’s endorsement follows the third basic plan for the disabled. The plan is neither limited to athletes joining the Paralympics in 2020 nor the facilities where PWDs can train and perform. Train stations and bus terminals will also go through renovations to guarantee easier access for disabled people by fiscal 2020.
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