(ATR) Both men and women may be competing for the same number of medals at the Beijing 2022 Paralympics.
The International Paralympic Committee said it approved 39 medal events for men at the 2022 Paralympics, and 39 for women. However, one of the women’s events is “pending a decision on the snowboard program,” according to a statement.
Snowboard’s program for the 2022 Paralympics will be decided after the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland in March.
Beijing 2022 will have a maximum number of 748 Para athletes and as many as 82 medal events according to the IPC. Four of the medal events at Beijing 2022 will be for mixed competitions.
Of the 748 athlete spots available, 234 are for women, which the IPC says is a 76 percent increase from the number of spots at PyeongChang 2018.
“This announcement underlines our desire to pursue gender parity in the Paralympic Movement,” Andrew Parsons, IPC President said in a statement. “With more slots and medal events than ever before available for women, I hope our National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) respond by investing more in the development of female winter sport Para athletes.
“With the majority of events now confirmed, Para athletes can begin to really look forward to what will be spectacular Games in China.”
Written by Aaron Bauer
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