On November 10th (Sun), the “Fukushima Festival in Iwaki: Experience with the Olympics and Paralympics!” was held at the Iwaki FC Park.

In April, Iwaki City, the Japan Para-Cycling Federation (which has relocated its base of operations to Iwaki City), and Iwaki Sports Club which manages Iwaki FC Park signed a partnership agreement about building an inclusive community through sports. The parties are working to foster ideas like an inclusive society by promoting sports for people with disabilities.

With Iwaki FC Park as the venue, Iwaki City and the Japan Para-Cycling Federation collaborated on holding the festival in order to increase excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

As they experienced competing in Paralympic sports such as paracycling (handcycling), boccia, and blind soccer at the venue, many visitors enjoyed themselves while deepening their understanding of the Paralympic Games.

After opening remarks from Fukushima Prefecture’s Vice Governor Ide on-stage, a talk show was given by softball Olympian medalist Takayama Juri and Ito Chikara, who is aspiring to compete in Para-taekwondo in next year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. There was also a comedy show performed by comedian Akatsu from Iwaki City, and dance shows such as “Paprika” performed by the Tokyo 2020 mascots.

In addition, there was an exhibition of the Paralympic Torch on display in cooperation with LIXIL, a presenting partner for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Torch Relay.

About 1,000 people visited the venue, filled with excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with about 300 days to go!