In Summary
  • Some 11,090 athletes will compete in 33 different sports at the July 24-August 9 Olympics and a further 4,400 across 22 disciplines at the subsequent August 25-September 6 Paralympics.
  • Travel bookings must also be secured early, given the huge pressure on flights ahead of the Games, making them expensive.

Wednesday marks exactly one year to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Japan, with ceremonies planned worldwide to celebrate the landmark date.

Some 11,090 athletes will compete in 33 different sports at the July 24-August 9 Olympics and a further 4,400 across 22 disciplines at the subsequent August 25-September 6 Paralympics.

The massive “Tokyo 2020” festival will be held at 43 venues, 18 of them outside the capital, posing huge logistical challenges to the organisers and competitors alike.

That means early preparations are imperative for the competing nations, a fact the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (Noc-K) must absorb in earnest.

OLYMPICS

Thankfully, Noc-K has already identified Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture for Kenya’s pre-Olympics camp, although not all federations seem in sync with this choice.

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