Paralympics 20XX: The only thing certain is nothing is certain


Photo: A resting basketball from Rio2016; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

The ball rests. But he's not the only one. The major sporting events of 2020 are postponed. Four years after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, things will not continue in Tokyo. Whether the 2021 Games can really take place as planned remains to be seen.

An unsettling time for athletes

Safety not guaranteed despite postponement

Photo: Johannes Floors with his Ottobock prostheses on a tartan track; Copyright: Ottobock

Without a tartan track, training is difficult for athletes with prostheses. Asphalt is too hard, forest soil sometimes too dangerous.

Photo: Technicians working in the Ottobock workshop during Rio 2016; Copyright: Ottobock

Corona also has an impact on Ottobock and this not only affects the plans for the Paralympics.

The date may have changed, but the motivation remains

Photo: Christiane Reppe is sitting in the trunk of a station wagon, in front of her is her handbike; Copyright: Jan Siewert

Just like Hans-Peter Durst, Christiane Reppe does not yet believe that the Paralympics can take place next year. The restrictions and economic consequences will keep us busy for too long.

Photo: Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private

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