In Summary
  • Masa Takaya, the Tokyo 2020 Spokesman, is confident they have everything under control, and says the Games will be a mixture of the past and the future
  • The Games have also adopted the “urban cluster concept” which basically means that a location will be developed for festivities around the Aomi, Odaiba and Araike areas
  • The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the main Olympic Stadium

Today marks exactly 365 days to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

But as the clock continues to tick, and quite fast at that, organisers in Tokyo can rest easy as they are well ahead of schedule and confident they will host the most successful Olympics ever.

It’s a fact that Japanese technology will make the July 24 to August 9 Olympic Games and subsequent August 25 to September 6 Paralympic Games the most technologically advanced ever.

From facial recognition for accredited persons, to the Olympic Torch relay going into outer space, and robots ushering in visitors at Olympic venues, the Tokyo Games will most certainly lay down the technology marker.

On a tour of the Olympic venues a couple of months back, I was impressed by the meticulous arrangements by the Japanese who are also employing the latest technology to cool down the Olympic marathon route.

Right from the start of our tour, facilitated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), we had our day-long activities planned to the second.

Nation Media Group Managing Editor, Sports Elias Makori at the Tokyo 2020 offices. PHOTO | COURTESY

Nation Media Group Managing Editor, Sports Elias Makori at the Tokyo 2020 offices. PHOTO | COURTESY

Yokohama City, where we had our accommodation at the Daiwa Roynet Hotel, is just an hour’s drive from downtown Tokyo, and as soon as we settled into the bus at 9am, Mika, our guide, was already taking our lunch orders!

It took us 60 minutes from Yokohama to the Tokyo Olympic Stadium where most of the action will be centred, including the marathon where Kenya’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge will be a star attraction in his title defence.

A generally flat course, the route rises by about three metres to the highest point of 35 metres above sea level at the 40-kilometre mark, a short, sharp uphill to the finish.

Masa Takaya, the Tokyo 2020 Spokesman, is confident they have everything under control, and says the Games will be a mixture of the past and the future.

“The Olympic Games will take place around a “Heritage Zone”, showcasing the legacy of the Tokyo 1964 Games with the “Tokyo Bay Zone” symbolizing the future of the city,” Takaya, who was accompanied by hammer throw legend Koji Murofushi, now the Tokyo 2020 Sporting Director, explains.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' Spokesman Masa Takaya (left) and Sports Director Koji Murofushi update journalists on the progress of preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. PHOTO | ELIAS MAKORI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games' Spokesman Masa Takaya (left) and Sports Director Koji Murofushi update journalists on the progress of preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games. PHOTO | ELIAS MAKORI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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