Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will feature more female athletes

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will feature more female athletes than any previous Games.

In total, 4,400 athletes will compete in 537 medal events, with at least 1,756 slots available for women. This is a 17% increase from London 2012.

Four sports - canoeing, shooting, table tennis and wheelchair fencing - have more medal events than at Rio 2016. But athletics and swimming have fewer.

The International Paralympic Committee says it wants to increase the number of slots for female athletes and athletes with high support needs.

Rio 2016 featured 4,328 athletes competing in 528 medal events.

In Tokyo, badminton and taekwondo will be played for the first time. Boccia has been given 116 athlete slots, which is eight more than Rio 2016.

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