The Japan Paralympic Committee on Thursday named its president, Junichi Kawai, Japan's chef de mission for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. 

The 46-year-old former Paralympic swimmer also led Japan at the Tokyo Games, where the host nation claimed 51 medals.

Kawai has 21 Paralympic medals in swimming for visually impaired athletes, including five gold. He competed in six consecutive Summer Paralympics, starting from the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The Beijing Winter Paralympics will run from March 4 to 13, following the Feb. 4 to 20 Winter Olympics.

Junichi Kawai. (Kyodo)