A group of athletes from South Sudan is in Japan to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics more than eight months before the Games get underway.
Three athletes, one para-athlete and a coach arrived in Maebashi City north of Tokyo on Thursday.
South Sudan became independent in 2011 after a long civil war. Maebashi has welcomed the team for a long period due to their home country's poor training facilities.
The athletes will start training next week with Japanese coaches, including 400-meter sprinter Mizuki Obuchi.
He says he found the athletes from South Sudan have a strong determination to compete in the Tokyo Games, and that he wants to help.
Guem Abraham, a 1500-meter middle-distance runner, said he was concerned about the training conditions in his country, but has no such worries in Maebashi.