RPC athlete wins Paralympic Silver in Table Tennis

In the final, the Russian athlete lost to Kelly van Zon who represented the Netherlands in 8:11, 11:3, 11:4, 5:11, 8:11. Athletes performed in class 7 for people with impaired musculoskeletal system.

33-year-old Safonova is a sports teacher in Russia. In 2012, she finished third, representing Ukraine at the Paralympic Games in London. She joined the Russian Paralympic team in 2016. In 2017 she won the European and World Championships.

With 15 Gold, 11 Silver and 28 Bronze awards, the RPC team is currently at the fourth position in the medal tally. China currently ranks first (47-30-29), followed by the United Kingdom (24-19-19) and the United States in third (15-17-9).

The 2020 Summer Paralympics will be held in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5, 2021. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced their decision to host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan. For one year due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19.

RPC team at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Japan

Russia’s national athlete team at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Japan consists of 242 athletes, while the total number of RPC delegations in Tokyo is 432. Selected Paralympic athletes from Russia compete for medals in 19 of the 22 sporting events in a four-year event program.

Russian athletes compete under the flag and emblem of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.

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The Russian national anthem is also subject to restrictions during the Paralympic Games in Japan. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto has been selected to be played at the Russian Paralympic awards ceremonies in Tokyo.

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