No Limits Challenge, a Paralympics experience (September 1, 2021)
The No Limits Challenge was held Friday, August 27, at TMC Yurakucho. No Limits Challenge is a program created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to foster understanding of Para sports and athletes.
On this day, select members of the media experienced wheelchair rugby, the only Paralympic sport where players are allowed full-contact play by using their wheelchairs to tackle opponents. ARATAKE Masahito, a member of the Tokyo-based wheelchair rugby team BLITZ (ranked fourth, third, and second in the 2019, 2018, and 2017 Japanese championships respectively) lent assistance to the event.
Participants listened not only to a brief talk and watched a demonstration by Aratake, but also tried using a wheelchair rugby chair and experiencing a tackle; a beginner archery lesson; and holding an interview with Aratake. We ended this enjoyable program with positive feedback from participants.
ARATAKE Masahito, wheelchair rugby athlete, gives a demonstration
Members of the press try using competition wheelchairs
Beginner archery lessonSee other information shared by the TMC