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  1. Beijing 2022 launches Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games mascots design competition Beijing 2022 today launched an international competition for the designs of the mascots for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As a part of the competition, people from around the world are invited to submit original designs for the emblematic ambassadors. Designers can submit their proposals from 20 to 31 October 2018, either in person or via mail. The designs should embody the Olympic and Paralympic values, reflect Chinese culture and affirm the vision of the 2022 Games. The launch of the competition fell on a fitting date, with 8 August marking a decade since the opening of the Olympic Games in 2008. In addition to the mascot design launch, the 10-year anniversary included sports demonstrations and various exhibitions, providing a setting to celebrate the legacies of Beijing 2008 while looking ahead to Beijing 2022. Designing mascots will take a youthful turn in September, when elementary and secondary school students across China will have the chance to create their own mascots for the Games in art classes as a part of Beijing 2022’s Olympic Education Programme. The winner is expected to be announced in the second half of 2019. https://www.olympic.org/news/beijing-2022-launches-olympic-and-paralympic-winter-games-mascots-design-competition
  2. 100 Years of the Olympic Flag! ©IOC/Christopher Furlong The Olympic flag – one of the most recognisable symbols of the Olympic Games – is celebrating its centenary this year. The flag was created for the Olympic Jubilee Congress in 1914 in Paris in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Movement. The interlocking rings were first drawn by Pierre de Coubertin – the founder of the modern Olympic Games – on a letter in July 1913. Soon after, the rings made their debut on the first Olympic flag, which was raised in Alexandria’s Chatby stadium at a sporting event commemorating 20 years since the founding of the modern Olympic Games. That flag now hangs proudly in the newly renovated Olympic Museum in Lausanne. © IOC Seoul 1988 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Coubertin later presented the rings and the flag at the Olympic Congress in Paris on 17 June 1914, where they were officially adopted by the IOC. © IOC Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Due to the outbreak of the First World War, however, it was not until the 1920 Games in Antwerp that the flag and its five rings could be seen flying in an Olympic stadium for the first time. © IOC Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games The Olympic symbol representing the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games has gone on to become one of the most recognised symbols in the world and the symbolic passing of the Olympic flag from one host city to another has become a key tradition at the closing of the Games. © IOC Innsbruck 1976 Olympic Winter Games IOC
  3. Gov't backing Osaka's bid to host World Expo in 2025 September 29, 2016 (Mainichi Japan) Japanese version The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing to have Osaka stand as a candidate to host the World Expo in 2025, it has been learned. The administration judged that having Osaka host the expo would serve as a reflationary measure following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Officials plan to register the city as a candidate with the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions as early as next spring. The Osaka Prefectural Government has been engaged in activities to draw the expo to the city. In contrast with the Olympic Games, where a local body stands as a candidate, the central government plays the central role in bids to host the World Expo. The prefectural government has accordingly approached the central government for support. In September 2014, the prefectural government began considering hosting the expo with the aim of revitalizing the economy. Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, head of the political party Initiatives from Osaka (Nippon Ishin no Kai), repeatedly sought cooperation from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, to whom he has close ties, for the move to go ahead. In August this year, Matsui met in Tokyo with Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and made a formal request for assistance. One government official divulged, "Suga instructed the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry to give the issue full consideration, and Mr. Seko is positive about it." In a question session at a plenary session of the House of Representatives on Sept. 28, Abe stated, "The expo results in an increase in visitors not only to the host area but to our country (as a whole), and provides a spark to vitalize local economies." Regarding a basic concept for the expo that the prefectural government will compile as early as this autumn, Abe stated, "We will carefully examine the details and move ahead to give it proper consideration. In comments in the Diet in January, Abe had merely stated, "I'd like to determine the feasibility of the plan." Abe's latest response came as a reply to Nobuyuki Baba, secretary-general of Initiatives from Osaka. With forces in favor of revising the Constitution having secured a two-thirds majority in both chambers of the Diet following the July House of Councillors election, it appears that Abe hopes to deepen ties with the party from Osaka. Paris is also expected to put its name forward as a candidate to host the 2025 World Expo. If Osaka is chosen, Japan can expect to revisit the Olympic-Expo combination that underscored a period of high economic growth with the staging of the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and Expo '70 in Osaka. http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160929/p2a/00m/0na/003000c
  4. Germany mulls bid for Euro 2024 soccer tournament The head of the German Football Federation has said it is mulling a bid to host the 2024 Euro Championships. It might all depend on what slice of the action Germany gets in hosting a pan-European tournament in 2020. The president of the German Football Federation (DFB), Wolfgang Niersbach, said his organization was considering an application to host the tournament, but that the decision would have to wait. In an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, Niersbach said Germany would wait to see if it was chosen to host the final phase - the semifinals and final - of the European Championships in 2020. European football's governing body UEFA announced in January that the tournament would be staged in 13 different cities across the continent. UEFA plans that no country should have more than one stadium in the tournament, but that the semifinals and finals should take place at the same venue. "UEFA will announce the 13 host cities in September 2014 ... Thereafter we will be able to decide what to do," said Niersbach. "If we look at the European map, we can say with assurance - and not arrogance - that we have the ability to organise such a complex tournament," he said. Istanbul is 2020 favorite No nation will qualify automatically for the 2020 tournament finals, but every host country that does make it through will be guaranteed two home matches in the group phase. Turkey has been favorite to host the last part of the tournament, but only if Istanbul is not successful in securing the summer Olympic Games for that same year. That decision is to be made in early September. The last time that Germany hosted a tournament was at the 2006 World Cup, but it has not hosted a European Championships since 1988, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The tournament, which currently has 16 competing nations, is set to move to a 24-country format from 2016, when it will be hosted in France. rc/ipj (AFP, dpa) http://www.dw.de/germany-mulls-bid-for-euro-2024-soccer-tournament/a-16964112
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    Euro 2024

    Germany wins right to host UEFA Euro 2024 football championship https://www.dw.com/en/germany-wins-right-to-host-uefa-euro-2024-football-championship/a-45655549
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    Tokyo 2020 Qualification Events

    Olympic qualification pathway for rugby sevens confirmed for Tokyo 2020 Rugby sevens’ Olympic qualification pathway for Tokyo 2020 has today been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee and World Rugby. Twelve teams will compete for medals in both the men's and women's rugby sevens competitions from 27 July-1 August at Tokyo Stadium. Japan’s men’s and women’s teams have secured automatic qualification as hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, leaving 11 places in each event to be filled through the qualification process. Just as for Rio 2016, the top four teams in the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 will confirm their places in Tokyo. An additional six teams will qualify through the men’s and women’s World Rugby regional association Olympic qualification tournaments. Regional association tournaments will take place in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America from June-December 2019. The top ranked team from each regional tournament will secure qualification. The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament. Twelve teams, comprising of the next two highest ranked teams based on 2019 regional qualification rankings from each region, will be invited to participate in these Olympic repechage tournaments. The repechage will take place at a time between the final regional qualification event and June 2020 with the overall winners of the men’s and women’s tournaments claiming the last available places for Tokyo 2020. ... https://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series/news/364051
  7. ITF introduces Continental Qualification Places For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event The ITF today announced the introduction of six Continental Qualification places for both the men’s and women’s singles events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event. The new qualification places have been approved by the IOC Executive Board as part of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for tennis that will be released by the IOC in the coming weeks. The 2020 Olympic Tennis Event will once again feature five disciplines: men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Each singles draw will comprise 64 players, with a maximum of four players per nation. There will be 56 direct acceptances as at previous Games, and eight ITF places, including the six Continental Qualification places. For the first time in Olympic history, players will have a chance to earn their place in the Olympic Tennis Event through success at one of the regional multi-sport games, including the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 African and Pan American Games. In addition, one place will be awarded to the highest ranked man and woman in both Europe and Oceania from a country not yet represented in singles. The following will qualify for a Continental Qualification place provided their ranking is within the Top 300 on the singles rankings of 8 June 2020, and provided the quota for that nation has not yet been filled by four direct acceptances: ITF President David Haggerty said: “The introduction of Continental Qualification places is a significant and positive change that we believe will help strengthen participation in these important regional games, and will provide opportunities for additional nations to contest the Olympic Tennis Event. This initiative forms part of our commitment under the ITF2024 strategy to secure mutually beneficial partnerships, and we look forward to working with our Regional Associations to ensure successful implementation.” Tennis was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The first woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport was tennis player Charlotte Cooper (GBR) at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. After the 1924 Paris Games, tennis withdrew from the Olympics but returned as a demonstration event at 1984 Los Angeles and as a full medal sport at 1988 Seoul. Fifty-six nations took part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event, with Andy Murray (GBR) and Monica Puig (PUR) winning the singles gold medals. http://www.worldtennismagazine.com/archives/15241
  8. found some better renders, hope you all dont mind if I start a new specific thread regarding the new Master plan of the Rio's Olympic Park legacy plans for 2016/2018 and 2030 (source: http://fotografia.folha.uol.com.br/galerias/4183-parque-olimpico-do-rio-2016#foto-77942 )
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    Tokyo 2020 Qualification Events

    Following the conclusion of Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser / Laser Radial and Women's Skiff - 49erFX fleet racing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships, the first nations in those fleets have booked their spot at Tokyo 2020. In the Laser and Radial, 14 and 18 places respectively were available in Aarhus. In the 49erFX there were eight places available. Subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have qualified: 49erFX - Australia - Austria - Brazil - Denmark - Great Britain - Netherlands - New Zealand - Norway Within the 60-boat fleet, 25 nations were represented. Laser - Australia - Brazil - Croatia - Cyprus - Estonia - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - New Zealand - Norway - Peru - South Korea - USA Sixty five nations were represented in the 165 boat fleet, the largest in Aarhus. Laser Radial - Belgium - Canada - China - Denmark - Finland - France - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Hungary - Italy - Netherlands - Norway - Poland - Switzerland - Sweden - Turkey - USA Out of 119 entrants in the Radial, 53 nations were represented. http://www.sailing.org/news/87623.php#.W215dhgh3CI
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    Tokyo 2020 Qualification Events

    First Finn and Men's 470 Tokyo 2020 nations confirmed The Men's Heavyweight Dinghy - Finn and Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470 have concluded fleet racing at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark handing more nations a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. Eight places in both the Finn and Men's 470 were available in Aarhus and subject to final notification from World Sailing after the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, the following nations have qualified: Men's 470 Australia France Great Britain Italy New Zealand Spain Sweden USA Twenty nine countries competed in the Men's 470 fleet in Aarhus. Finn Argentina Canada Hungary Great Britain Netherlands New Zealand Sweden Turkey The 90-boat Finn fleet was made up of 42 nations. Japanese sailors were represented in all fleets so as host nation, receive an entry into every Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing event. http://www.sailing.org/news/87615.php#.W2wsQxgh3CI
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    Tokyo 2020 Qualification Events

    Eight nations book Tokyo 2020 spot in the Women's 470 After seven fleet races in the Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470 at the Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark, eight nations have booked their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sailing Competition. The eight nations to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in the Women's 470, subject to final notification from World Sailing following the event to the relevant Member National Authority / National Olympic Committee, are: China France Great Britain Greece Italy Israel Slovenia Spain Twenty four nations contested for one of eight spots in the Women's 470 across 47 boats. The fleet comprised 25 nations but as hosts, Japan receives an automatic entry into each Olympic sailing event. ... http://www.sailing.org/news/87612.php#.W2raHxgh3CI
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    Tokyo 2020 Qualification Events

    31 JUL 2018 Press Release Qualification system published for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 With exactly two years to go until the athletics action gets underway in the Japanese capital, the IAAF has published the qualification system for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The qualification system was approved at the IAAF Council meeting in Buenos Aires last week and includes details of the entry numbers for each discipline and the qualification timeline. For the 10,000m, marathon, race walks, combined events and relays, the qualification period runs from 1 January 2019 to 29 June 2020. For all other events, the qualification period runs from 1 July 2019 to 29 June 2020. Athletes can qualify in one of two ways: • By virtue of their IAAF world ranking position at the end of the qualification period. • Achieving the entry standard within the qualification period. Entry standards will be approved and published later this year, but will be set for the sole purpose of qualifying athletes with exceptional performances unable to qualify through the IAAF world rankings pathway. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will open on 24 July with the athletics programme starting on 31 July. ... https://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/olympic-games-tokyo-2020-qualification-system
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    Tokyo 2020 Ceremonies

    Olympics: "Requiem and rebirth" will be theme of Tokyo 2020: team KYODO NEWS - The newly-appointed creative directors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics opening and closing ceremonies said on Tuesday spectators will see a mix of traditional and modern Japanese culture. An acclaimed actor of traditional Japanese kyogen comic theater, chief executive creative director Nomura Mansai, aims to portray Japan's recovery from disaster to a global audience under a theme of "requiem and rebirth." (From left: Takashi Yamazaki, Nomura Mansai, Hiroshi Sasaki) "First and foremost, this is a Games for reconstruction, to show that people have suffered from conflicts and events in our recent past," Mansai told reporters at a press conference a day after his appointment. "We will keep the ceremony simple while honoring and expressing the spirit of Japan." Mansai said the eight creative directors -- three executive members and five Tokyo 2020 team members -- will share expertise in their respective fields as they work together to craft visuals for the Olympics and Paralympics. Film director Takashi Yamazaki and ad agency creative director Hiroshi Sasaki join Mansai on the production team. "I'm from the classic performing arts, so a lot of it may be based on my own personal sense as a kyogen actor," Mansai said. "But the diversity of these leading figures in their own respective industries will be key. Each person has great talent and they are a wonderful group of people -- we cannot do without any one of them." When asked how the creative team would accomplish their expansive goal with less than two years to go, Mansai was reluctant to give details but said the ceremonies will touch on themes such as recovery and humility in the wake of the March 2011 disaster. But Mansai emphasized that the ceremonies will not feature iconic examples of Japanese culture for their own sake, but will emphasize similarities with other cultures around the world. "Kyogen and kabuki are well-recognized Japanese traditional arts, but there are many other arts Japan has to offer. I don't think we should include something just because it represents Japan, but because it has some purpose," Mansai said. (2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot Miraitowa) With Mansai at the helm for all four ceremonies, Yamazaki will head up the Olympic creative team for the event's opening ceremony on July 24, 2020. "I want people to feel, 'Yes, this is Japan' -- not just superficially, but that they recognize how we tried to approach and express things that are very Japanese," said Yamazaki, best known for his film series "Always -- Sunset on Third Street." Yamazaki said he also intends to put just as much of his focus on the Aug. 9 closing ceremony, which will be key in transitioning to the Paralympic Games. "When people look back on the four ceremonies, it's important that they feel that Tokyo took great care of the Paralympic Games, so transitioning nicely between the Olympics and Paralympics is a must," said Yamazaki. "Most people think that after the Olympics the celebration is over, but hopefully we can change the mindset of people and maintain that continuity through to the Paralympic Games in order to emphasize them just as much." In order to do so, Yamazaki will work closely with Sasaki, who will oversee the Paralympics opening ceremony on Aug. 25 and the Sept. 6 closing ceremony, which also acts as a closer for the entire Tokyo 2020 event. Sasaki, who was in charge of the flag handover at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics closing ceremony, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as video game character Mario, said he wants to combine tradition with cutting-edge technology. "I want to do something that will make people think 'Japan is so cool, Tokyo is different,'" said Sasaki, who has worked on high-profile television advertising campaigns for companies like SoftBank. The 63-year-old also said he wants to use the opportunity to change the hearts and minds of Japanese people towards those with disabilities. "The ceremonies can be an opportunity to send a message of unity to people," Sasaki said. "The recognition that para sports are cool and stylish, that's something I would like to see people associate with the Paralympic Games and para athletes." Other creative directors include film writer and producer Genki Kawamura, creative producer Yoshie Kurisu, singer-songwriter Ringo Sheena, creative technologist Kaoru Sugano, and choreographer Mikiko, who was also involved in Japan's portion of the Rio closing ceremony. According to chief ceremony officer Hajime Nakai, the creative team is now advancing into the directing and producing stage of their plan after finalizing a basic framework. Nakai said the team aims to create ceremonies with "great social significance." https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2018/07/c80ba1ae46d2-olympics-tokyo-2020-creative-team-to-showcase-japanese-spirit.html
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    Tokyo 2020 Mascots

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    Tokyo 2020 News - General

    Organisers firm up schedule for 2020 Tokyo Olympics AFP The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday endorsed the schedule of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, it was announced by organisers, with 33 sports, 339 events and running from July 24 until August 9. Preliminary matches will kick off in football and softball on July 22, two days before the opening ceremony with rowing and archery events on the day of the ceremony itself. Day one of the Olympics will feature events in 21 different sports, including shooting, table tennis, judo, badminton, gymnastics, tennis and cycling. "This will be a symbolic and scenic first day of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, featuring the men's cycling road race winding its way from Tokyo to the foothills of the world-famous Mount Fuji," said a statement. Five sports have been added to programme with skateboarding and surfing making their debut on the first weekend. "I believe the Tokyo 2020 Games will generate more enthusiasm than ever. Starting with a softball match in Fukushima two days before the opening of the Games, until the men's marathon on the final day, a record 33 sports and 339 events will be packed into the two weeks of the Games," said Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori. August 1 will be a 'Super Saturday', with a number of medal events scheduled to be held on that day, including events featuring for the first time in the Olympic Games, such as the judo mixed team event, triathlon mixed team relay, and shooting trap mixed team event. The 2020 Games will use a total of 42 venues, including 24 existing, 10 temporary and eight new permanent venues. These will include three venues in Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Miyagi prefectures, which were among those most affected by the 2011 tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster. The competition schedule by session for swimming, synchronised swimming, and diving will be finalised shortly, said organisers. Day one of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will feature events in 21 different sports, including shooting, table tennis, judo, badminton, gymnastics, tennis and cycling, organizers determined https://au.news.yahoo.com/organisers-firm-schedule-2020-tokyo-olympics-175309172--spt.html
  16. ^https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2018/07/18/olympics/progress-new-national-stadium-going-planned/#.W0-BqRgh1jU
  17. Paralympics and Olympics merger 'possible after 2020' The Paralympics and Olympic Games could merge, says the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Sir Philip Craven said things are developing all the time and nothing is "set in stone". It would be a controversial move with some Paralympic athletes fearful that disability sporting events would be overshadowed. But a joint Games has some popular appeal, a BBC survey has suggested. Speaking on the BBC's Ouch! disability podcast to be broadcast next week, Sir Philip said: "Whatever's right for athletes within the Paralympic movement then let's look to do it. "I hope no one thinks that we're fine where we are and things can't change. Of course they can change” "It's really a logistical problem at the moment but I'm not dead against the idea, in principle, of them coming together at some time." With nine years in preparation, he said: "It could not be before, I don't know, 2024, something like that, for the summer Games." Should it go ahead, Sir Philip said he would not want to shrink the Paralympic element of a combined Games - a worry for many of the athletes. He said: "Within the IPC we're very keen that if there was some form of merger we would maintain the number of athletes in the Olympic/Paralympic Games." Fears over merger In December former Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said the Paralympic Games would "disappear off the face of the earth" if a merger took place. She feared only a few of the events would be put in the Olympics. Baroness Grey-Thompson said: "I'd rather invest time and effort in making sure that the Paralympics can be as parallel to the Olympics as possible." In March this year, the BBC World Service published the results of a survey of just over 10,000 people taken in 19 nations. Some 47% of those questioned favoured merging the Games, while 43% said the Paralympics should stay separate. In the UK, 50% of those surveyed were in favour, and 43% against. However, many of the countries with the most impressive medal hauls to date wanted to keep the Games split; they included China (67% separate, 27% integrated), the US (64%, 29%), and Australia (54%, 42%). Now in his third term as IPC president, Sir Philip - a former Paralympic wheelchair basketball player - also wants to see the word disability banished from the dictionary. He said a combined Games would probably need to be extended, speculating it might be around three to three and a half weeks. Under a "partnership agreement" signed by the IPC and the International Olympic Committee the Paralympics will follow on from the Olympics as a separate event until 2020. But Sir Philip said a merger could be looked at after that time. "I hope no one thinks that we're fine where we are and things can't change. Of course they can change." BBC
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    Tokyo 2020 Torch

    Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Olympic organizers said Thursday the torch relay for the 2020 Games will start on March 26 that year in Fukushima Prefecture, which was heavily hit by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster. The plan was approved in a meeting attended by top metropolitan government officials after a proposal to start the torch tour in the northeastern Japan prefecture. "With Fukushima named the starting point of the torch relay, (the relay) will be a symbol of the Olympics of recovery," said reconstruction minister Masayoshi Yoshino. "We want to use this as a global showcase for Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. In order to restore livelihoods in the disaster-struck areas, we hope that victims take part (in the relay) as torch runners," he said. Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori stressed that the committee had tried to formulate the torch relay plan by listening to various ideas. "It's not possible to figure out the plan which would absolutely be the best. We agreed to do it with the disaster-hit areas and their recovery in mind," he said. Organizers were considering starting torch relay, which is expected to run for 121 days, in either the disaster-affected areas or in Okinawa Prefecture, the starting point of the torch relay for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. People in Fukushima Prefecture welcomed the torch relay plan, which the prefecture sees as a good chance to raise the profile of its recovery all over the world. "We are grateful that they have considered the feelings of the disaster victims," said Jun Suzuki, an official of the prefecture's Olympic and Paralympic Games promotion office, adding, "I believe it will be an opportunity to encourage Fukushima people." Masamichi Matsumoto, a storekeeper who was evacuated from the town of Futaba, near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, to Iwaki city in the prefecture, rejoiced at the announcement, saying, "Memories of the disaster are wearing thin as more than seven years have passed, but it is the utmost delight for us to have an occasion to attract (worldwide) attention." "We expect the (torch) relay will bring about great excitement in the devastated areas," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference. The torch relay will visit all of Japan's 47 prefectures and end on July 24, 2020, with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron during the Games' opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Tokyo. "For me it is very pleasing that the torch relay will be going to all of Japan's prefectures, because we know the importance of taking the games to all of Japan," said Australian John Coates, the chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020. Mori thanked the IOC for allowing the relay to go on for 121 days despite asking it be completed in 100. "I am so grateful to the flexibility showed," Mori said. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180712/p2g/00m/0sp/064000c Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch relay to start in Fukushima
  19. Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to qualify to the round of 16