Variety of athletics in Paralympic Tokyo 2020
Recently, You might have heard the good news from the Thai athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games about their victory by receiving 9 medals from the athletics race. ; therefore, we would like to illuminate about athletics in the Paralympics game.
There are six classifications in paralympic athletics, and each class divides into two types which are track (T) and field (F)
Category 1 vision impairment (T/F11-T/F13)or visually impaired is further subdivided into 3 types according to their ability to see.
Category 2 INTELLECTUAL IMPAIRMENT (T20/F20)There will be competitions in both running and throwing formats.
Category 3 COORDINATION IMPAIRMENTS (F31, T32/F32-T38/F38) such as those with cerebral palsy Palsy or people with traumatic brain injury This class will compete in the form of throwing long jump or running.
Category 4 SHORT STATURE (T40/F40, T41/F41) or short stature, divided into 2 types according to athlete’s height and proportion of their arms.
Category 5 LIMB DEFICIENCIES (T42/F42 – T46/F46, T47; T/F61-64) or those who have limb amputation both from surgery and congenital deficiency. There will be competitions in the form of throwing weights, high jumps, and running, and in this class, prosthetic legs or prosthetic arms are also used as an essential part.
CLASS 6 IMPAIRED MUSCLE POWER OR IMPAIRED RANGE OF MOVEMENT (T51-54; F51-57) or those with muscle weakness or limited mobility Athletes in this class will compete in wheelchairs such as Wheelchair racing or sitting on a specific chair for competitions in throwing chair competitions are categorized according to the ability of the muscles in each area to be used differently.
Source : International Paralympic committee