By Kyle Encarnacion
After it was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease 2018 (2019) pandemic, organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will conduct a series of events that will help them better prepare for next year’s staging.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are now due to take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021 while the Paralympic Games are scheduled from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
Tokyo organizers have provided updates to the calendar of test events to be held before the staging of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.
Among the test events is the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon Festival, which will be held on May 5. The event will also serve as dry run for the long-distance course that will be used for the Games.
Organizers opted to hold Olympic marathons and walking races in Sapporo, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, because of concerns over the heat in Tokyo.
Officials of World Athletics visited the marathon course on August 8, exactly one year prior to the men’s marathon race at the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The World Athletics was encouraged by the results of the various tests on air quality, heat stress, temperature and relative humidity they performed as they navigated their way through the course.
Also in the plans are Para-athletics test event for track and field that has been set to take place on May 11 at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
Wheelchair rugby’s test event has also been confirmed, and is scheduled for April 3 and 4 at Yoyogi National Stadium.
An artistic swimming test event is the first scheduled in 2021, due to run from March 4 to 7 at Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
The final test event is currently set to be for 3×3 basketball at Aomi Urban Sports Park from May 14 to 16.
Test events for skateboarding, gymnastics and volleyball, plus track and BMX cycling, are all scheduled as well. (AI/FC/MTVN)