One - Year Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins


One-year countdown to Tokyo Olympics begins

Wednesday marks one year until the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with preparations for the event progressing on schedule.

Japan will welcome people from around the world from July 24 to August 9 next year for its first summer Olympics since 1964. Over the course of 17 days, thousands of athletes will compete in a record 339 events across 33 sports.

The process of selecting members for Japan's Olympic team will go into full swing this summer.

At the World Swimming Championships now underway in South Korea, four Japanese athletes, including veteran diver Ken Terauchi, have won spots at the Tokyo Games. It will be Terauchi's sixth Olympics.

In August, world championships for sailing and sports climbing will be held. Those who get better results than other Japanese competitors and meet certain other criteria will qualify for the Olympics.

The Marathon Grand Championship, or MGC, will be held on September 15 to determine two members each for the men's and women's Olympic teams.

Construction is proceeding rapidly at the Olympic Village for athletes and 42 venues. Once the venues are completed, they will host test events to check for any issues that may affect events progressing smoothly or guidance for spectators.

Olympic organizers and other relevant bodies plan to test anti-heat measures and ways to ease potential traffic congestion in the Japanese capital.

How to handle the 100,000 volunteers is one of the key issues that organizers need to address before the Games opens in exactly one year.