• 2020 vision for Olympic hosts Japan


    TOKYO: Japan hope the appliance of science can trigger an Asian Games gold rush but admit they will struggle to steal hosts South Korea’s thunder, insisting that building momentum for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is their top priority. Japan’s delegation boss Tsuyoshi Aoki expects South Korea to come out guns blazing when the competition begins in the western port of Incheon on September 19, but said the quadrennial event offered the perfect opportunity for potential future Olympic medalists to shine. Japan’s medal hopes extend across athletics, football, badminton and even women’s cricket, in addition to their bread-and-butter combat sports judo and wrestling.



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