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Japan’s Paralympics Accomplishments

In the last month we witnessed Japan host the Olympics and Paralympics with great success, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. This success brings a new light onto the innovation and help brought on from the sponsorship and publicity of the Paralympics, as follows:
Honda Motor Co.’s latest model of racing wheelchair, features carbon technology that’s also used for the company’s F1 racers and jet planes. Using carbon fibre in its key components, including the frame and wheel, the vehicles weigh just 7.9 kilograms (17.4 pounds), among the lightest in the industry
Bridgestone Corp provided rubber soles for runners and tires for wheelchair tennis players
Sportswear maker Mizuno Corp. and prosthetic parts maker Imasen Engineering Corp. teamed up to create “Katana Sigma,” limbs developed for short-distance runners and long-jumpers
Telecommunications firm Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.’s “Japan Walk Guide” app has helped wheelchair users access game venues by providing up-to-date, detailed information on disabled access across the city
These examples help to lift the burden of maintaining and affording such equipment onto the athletes ensuring a fairer environment for them. Meanwhile, as a way to prepare for Paris 2024, Roxana Maracineanu, the French Minister of Sport, and an Olympic medal-winning swimmer, shared her hope that the path towards the next Olympic and Paralympic Games will foster stronger collaboration between sports movements, sport education at schools, and various sectors to enable everyone to leverage the power of sport to improve the world.
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