IPC Announce Tokyo 2020 Event Programme and Athlete Slots for Wheelchair Fencing


Wheelchair Fencing events and slots have increased for female fencers from Rio 2016 with the addition of Sabre Cat A & B. 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed the wheelchair fencing athlete slots and events for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

In total there will be 16 medal events made up of eight men’s events and eight women’s events with 96 athlete slots (48 men and 48 women).

Over all sports, at least 1,756 slots have been allocated for female athletes, the most ever, which represents a 17 per cent increase in the number of women that took part in London 2012. 

Wheelchair Fencing has benefited from this emphasis on female athletes, with twelve additional slots added for women’s events compared to Rio 2016. 

The new events selected for the wheelchair fencing competition programme are Women’s Sabre Category A and Sabre Category B.

Male athletes will see four less athlete slots compared to the allocation of Rio 2016.

The full event programme is as follows;

Male Events Female Events
Epee – Category A & B Epee – Category A & B
Epee – Team Epee – Team
Foil – Category A & B Foil – Category A & B
Foil – Team Foil – Team
Sabre – Category A & B Sabre – Category A & B

The qualification period to secure one of the 96 athlete slots begins on 1st September 2018 and will end on 31st May 2020.

A full breakdown of the sport allocation for Tokyo 2020 can be found here.