The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) will be hoping to send 51 athletes in 11 sporting codes.

SASCOC Acting president Barry Hendricks says this at the launch of six months leading up to the quadrennial games in Tokyo, Japan.

There are 51 sporting events in 22 codes at the Paralympics. Hendricks says the preparations are on track.

SA managed to get 17 medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil. The team came back with seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals. Hendricks would not commit how many medals they are envisaging.

The Paralympic team is sponsored by the motor manufacturing company Toyota. They also receive funding from SASCOC and the national lottery.

Hendricks says they have funding but will need more to compete adequately at the games. – Report by Vincent Sitsula