Former Olympic judo silver medallist Shinichi Shinohara (second from left) interacts with crowd during the walk. © KyodoOlympic Games News
Date : 27 May 2019
Tokyo, Japan, May 27, 2019: Olympic and Paralympic athletes were among 4,600 people who participated in a walk near the venues for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday in a bid to set the mood for the showpiece.
The participants walked a route near Tokyo Bay, where many of the 2020 venues are located, on a hot day in the nation’s capital. They spent time looking at the exterior of the Athletes’ Village and Ariake Arena, which is under construction before hosting the Olympic volleyball and Paralympic basketball events.
“Tokyo will look totally different next year. I want to interact with many people to boost the excitement,” said Paralympian Toru Suzuki.
Shinichi Shinohara, who won a silver medal in men’s judo at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said: “I want people to enjoy the sense of energy that comes with sports at the venues (during the Games).”
The Olympics will be held between July 24 and August 9, 2020, followed by the Paralympics from August 25 to September 6.
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