By Paul Osborne

The IPC has praised the progress of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee following its first Project Review ©Tokyo 2020/Shugo TakemiThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) claimed it is "extremely encouraged" by the progress of Tokyo 2020 following the conclusion of its first Project Review today.

A delegation of IPC representatives has been in the Japanese capital over the past two days received a number of updates on planning and progress for the 2020 Paralympics, due to take place between August 25 and September 6. 

Areas discussed included governance, people management, venues and sport, planning and co-ordination, Paralympic Games integration, accessibility, legacy plan, engagement, broadcasting, commercial, brand and brand protection.

Following the visit, IPC chief executive Xavier Gonzalez expressed his delight at progress being made towards the event.

"Although 2014 is the first full year we have been working with the Organising Committee, we are extremely encouraged with their progress so far," said Gonzalez.

"There is Paralympic representation at all levels of the Organising Committee which bodes well for the future and there already is a very good cooperation in all areas between Tokyo 2020 and the IPC.

"I'm also delighted that the Organising Committee has marked a number of Paralympic landmarks - including six years to go and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Paralympics.

"Since winning the Games in September 2013, Tokyo 2020 has come of the starting blocks at a blistering pace.

"Organising an Olympics and Paralympic Games is a marathon, not a sprint however, and I hope they can sustain the same levels of enthusiasm, commitment and energy for the next six years through to the Games. If they do they have the potential to deliver something very special indeed."

The sports programme for Tokyo 2020 will be finalised in January 2015 with 16 sports securing spots on the programme in November this year ©EBADThe sports programme for Tokyo 2020 will be finalised in January 2015 with 16 sports securing spots on the programme in November this year ©EBAD

In late January 2015, the IPC Governing Board are due to finalise which sports make up the Tokyo 2020 sports programme.

So far,16 sports have been included, and a further eight and bidding for inclusion.

Tokyo 2020 can feature a maximum of 23 Paralympic sports.

"At the inaugural IPC Project Review, we were delighted to be able to spend two full days in extremely productive discussions with the members of the IPC delegation on a wide range of subjects related to the 2020 Paralympic Games," said Toshiro Muto, chief executive of Tokyo 2020.

"The sessions included a series of lively discussions and exchanges of viewpoints on a variety of matters, and I firmly believe that the past two days have been a truly rewarding and worthwhile experience.

"We have received much valuable advice and guidance from the members of the IPC delegation over the past two days, and we will of course be incorporating this advice into our planning for the Games.

"Uniting our efforts with those of all stakeholders, our All Japan team – made up of representatives from a broad cross section of Japanese society – is determined to exert the utmost efforts to ensuring that the 2020 Paralympic Games are a resounding success."

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