Para canoe was included in the Paralympic Games for the first time in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with six medal events (three men, three women), all in the kayak category. This sport is identical to canoeing for able-bodied athletes. Tokyo 2020 will include races performed in two different types of boats: the kayak and va’a boats. The kayak is propelled by a double-blade paddle, whereas the va’a boat is an outrigger canoe propelled by a single-blade paddle. 

Para athletes competing in both these boats are classified in three different classes for men and women depending on the athlete’s impairment. Races are competed individually over a distance of 200 meters.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 60 Para athletes from 26 countries competed in 6 different medal events.

For more information on Para canoe visit the International Canoe Federation.

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