THINGS WILL heat up on Friday for Team SA, with medal hopes such as wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane and athletics sprinter Charl du Toit in action.
Sixth seed Montjane will face Japan’s Saki Takamuro in the first round, and will hope to bag a medal after reaching the Wimbledon final this year.
“I’ve always said in Tokyo I just want to aim for a medal – it doesn’t matter which colour – and after my performance at Wimbledon, I don’t see why it’s not attainable,” said Montjane, who was a flag-bearer alongside Du Toit at the opening ceremony.
Team South Africa consist of 34 athletes across seven sporting codes at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The number of athletes selected for this year’s squad is heavily weighted towards athletics, with 18 of the 34 athletes were selected for track and field events.
The number of athletes selected is less compared to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games where South Africa sent 45 athletes in 10 sporting codes.
The Rio squad brought home 17 medals – seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals.
The Paralympic Games began on 24 August to September 5.
The Team SA chef de mission for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics is Leon Fleiser. “It’s a great honour and privilege for me.
From a logistical sense, things have been going well and we are excited at the prospect of going to Tokyo and doing the country proud. The athletes come first and with the team support staff we have, we are hoping to make it a memorable experience for them,” he was quoted.
Image (Wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane ready for Friday’s battle at the Para-Olympics).