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To mark the One-Year-To-Go milestone, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched #WaitForTheGreats - a digital campaign that highlights the determination of Para athletes to still be in the best possible physical and metal shape for next year’s Paralympics.

The campaign will run from August 24 to September 5, highlighting that even though people may be sad the Games are not happening as planned this year, the event will be well worth the wait as the athletes are keen to pushing their bodies to the maximum.


Click on the image below to watch Paralympic champion Nicky Nieves featured on #WaitForTheGreats.
 
Coinciding with the IPC's One-Year-To-Go campaign, Netflix launched RISING PHOENIX, a 90-minute long Paralympic feature documentary released in 190 countries.

Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential.

It profiles the stories of nine Paralympians, highlights the successes of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and charts the evolution and growth of the Paralympic Movement.

To celebrate the release of the film, Netflix, HTYT Films and IPC invite you to join a global conversation on the weekend that originally would have seen great sporting action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Para athletes, teams, officials, friends, family and fans around the world are invited to come together and ‘press play’ at the same time on Netflix, enjoy Rising Phoenix from the comfort of their homes and share their reactions to the incredible stories in the film.

The event will take place on Saturday 29 August starting at 5.00 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time / 12.00 p.m. Pacific Time / 3.00 p.m Eastern Time / 4.00 p.m. Brasília Time / 8.00 p.m. British Summer Time/ 9.00 p.m. Central European Summer Time / 9.00 p.m. South Africa Standard Time.
Tokyo 2020 sitting volleyball competition schedule confirmed
 
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has confirmed the men’s and women’s sitting volleyball competition schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games that will be held at the Makuhari Messe Hall A from August 27 to September 5, 2021.
 
From the shadows to the spotlight
 
The World ParaVolley history podcast is back with a new episode and fresh stories to share. With exactly a year before first serve in Tokyo, World ParaVolley founding president Pieter Joon traces the history of sitting volleyball as part of the Paralympic programme over the last four decades.
 

The World ParaVolley Board of Directors has released a Position Statement related to COVID-19.

The Position Statement specifies the stance that World ParaVolley has taken in relation to competitions and courses and COVID19 for the rest of the 2020 year. It is subject to ongoing review at regular intervals and applies until rescinded by the World ParaVolley Board.

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World ParaVolley President Barry Couzner OAM has confirmed that the 2020 General Assembly will be fully conducted online on 6 December 2020.

The Board recently approved the move in light of COVID-19 and considered that the benefits were clear since a virtual General Assembly will ensure reduced costs and greater participation than attempting to organise a face-to-face General Assembly with the accompanying health risks and issues around the availability of international travel.

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