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Athletes take centre stage in IOC visit to Tokyo

Date : 29 Jun 2017

Tokyo, Japan, June 28, 2017: Athletes and their needs were the central focus of the venue tour that kicked off the fourth meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday. At the Aomi Sports Cluster Venue, the Coordination Commission was greeted by both world-class athletes and rising stars who hope to compete at Tokyo 2020, when their sports will be included on the Olympic programme for the first time. 

“It was my first visit to the venue site for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said Akiyo Noguchi, who is an IFSC Climbing World Championship bronze medallist in bouldering. “Today’s visit made me feel that this is becoming a reality, and I am now totally determined. I would love to climb the wall right here three years from now.”

Noguchi was joined by fellow sport climber Tomoa Narasaki, who is the 2016 bouldering world champion, as well as skateboarding up-and-comers Taihou Tokura and Aori Nishimura. The teenagers provided a glimpse into the future when they completed a series of tricks at the venue location.

“As you can see, they are all sports which engage with young people; the skateboarders here this evening are 14 and 15 years old. In terms of our vision, Tokyo 2020’s vision, in wanting to bring these urban sports to the people, I think this is a good location,” said IOC Vice President John Coates, who is the Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020.

Included in the group was also Ryo Kawamura, who hopes to represent Japan at the Paralympic Games as a member of its 5-a-side football team. The Coordination Commission also visited the Olympic Village and the new National Stadium, which will be finished in 2019.

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