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Tokyo: Organisers of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Sunday checked the barrier-free conditions for people with disabilities during a test competition, as part of preparations for the Games.

During a sailing test competition held in the Tokyo waterfront area, the organizers worked on the assumption that spectators would be transported via shuttle bus from the station to the stadium. Crew members and others installed accessibility ramps at the entrance and checked the procedure to secure wheelchairs on the transport, reports Efe news.

Former Japanese Paralympian with visual impairment, Shigeo Yoshihara, said after the test competition: “I didn’t know which bus to ride, so I think it would be safer if there is a volunteer to guide.”

“The cable laid in the venue was covered with a board and there was no step, so I could pass without stress. I hope other venues can be the same,” said Shinji Negi, a former player of Japan’s wheelchair basketball team who looked around the competition venue. IANS

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