28 Aug 2019 11:10am
By Isabel Bento
TOKYO, 28 AUG (NAMPA) Preparations for the much anticipated Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for 2020 are nearing completion.
The Tokyo Summer Olympics are slated for 24 July to 09 August 2020 while the Paralympic Games will take place from 25 August to 06 September in Tokyo, Japan.
Briefing a group of African journalists here on Tuesday, spokesperson of the Games, Masa Takaya said preparations commenced in 2013 when Tokyo was selected as host city. More than 50 per cent of the venues for the hosting of the games are complete. Some 900 events are scheduled to take place in 43 venues around the city.
There are only a few touches left on the remaining venues, Takaya said.
He added that the 1964 Olympic Games held in Tokyo transformed Japan, saying the upcoming games will bring positive reform to the world by building on three core concepts.
The concepts include achieving ones personal best, unity in diversity by accepting one another despite a presence of disability, as well as connecting to tomorrow by passing the legacy for the future.
The Olympic Games will include 33 sports codes, while the Paralympics will include 22 sports codes.
Karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will make their Olympic debut in the Olympic Games while badminton and taekwondo will be added to the Paralympics.
Over 11 000 athletes are expected to take part in the Olympics and 4 400 are to take part in the Paralympics.
Takaya explained that test events which commenced in 2018 are still underway and are aimed at testing any challenges which may be encountered by athletes before the scheduled date for the games.
Any challenges and problems encountered during the test events will be rectified by 2020, he said.