In September the International Paralympic Committee and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) organised the latest edition of the biannual VISTA conference. This conference focuses solely on disability sports and Paralympic sports. As a part of the LeidenAsiaCentre’s Road to Tokyo 2020 Project, Japanese public policy specialist Anoma P. van der Veere presented a part of the project’s findings together with Sam Geijer, lecturer at AUAS.
Showcasing their collaborative research titled: “Accessibility as a Paralympic Legacy: A Comparative Case Study of Sports Infrastructure in Post-event Japan and Brazil,” the two academics took home the 1st Prize in the Best Poster Presentation competition. They competed against over 80 other research teams from all over the world.
The presented research focuses on creating a positive Paralympic legacy. The study enables policymakers to identify the main problems in creating positive results during and after mega sports events, not only in sports but also in the social domain. The two main cases studies are Japan and Brazil. Comparing the two nations creates a broader understanding of how access to sports for persons with a disability can be facilitated, and how sports events can contribute to this.
Taking home the 1st Place Award for Best Poster Presentation shows recognition for how valuable this research is. Following one of the main aims of the LeidenAsiaCentre, the Road to Tokyo 2020 project looks to enable Japanese policymakers to better understand how to utilize the Tokyo 2020 Games to improve disability sports, and to support Dutch policymakers in their efforts in Tokyo before and during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.