Sweden sent a team of 26 to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, compared to 58 at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

The Swedish Paralympic Committee (SPC) President Åsa Llinares Norlin has admitted the country has been treading water in Paralympic sport, with its team at Tokyo 2020 more than halved compared to Rio 2016.

Sweden sent 26 Para athletes to this summer's Games, compared to 58 at Rio 2016, not helped by its failure to qualify for any team events.

While Sweden performed well in picking up eight medals, including a shooting gold courtesy of Philip Jönsson in the mixed 10-metre air rifle standing SH2, Llinares Norlin said the SPC will assess how it can better support national federations.

"I think we have lived very much on the same level where we have been for many, many years and other countries are now investing heavily in their Paralympic activities and their Paralympic work," she said.

"They enter with support that corresponds to what the Olympians receive.

"We are not close to being able to give that support to our practitioners and then of course we cannot participate and compete either.

"I think we need to think a little smarter, because it is easy to think that 'if we only get more money, it will work out.'

"But I do not think it's all about money, but also that we need to review how we can use the money we have wisely.

Philip Jönsson won gold for Sweden in the shooting mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Philip Jönsson won gold for Sweden in the shooting mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

"Can we do things we do today in a different way?

"We need to evaluate and see what is available to screw on.

"It is a job we need to do together with the special sports federations that have Paralympic sports, to invite them and talk about how to work in a smarter way simply."

However, the country's Chef de Mission in the Japanese capital Inês Lopes believes more can be done financially to support Sweden's Para athletes.

"If we are to continue to measure ourselves, we must be able to have more funds for it, so that we can continue to ensure the quality of investments over time," Lopes commented.

"We must be able to give the active people who are at the highest level a worthy full-time investment.

"We have some who have had the opportunity, but there are far too few.

"The competence and the will are there, but we also need to be able to assist with funds so that they can do so without risking their entire private finances."

Sweden first competed at the Paralympics at Rome 1960.