Thursday, November 10, 2016

Committee Considers Fukushima for Events in 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is considering hosting baseball and softball games during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics within the Fukushima disaster zone, it was announced Wednesday.

Fukushima Prefecture is up for consideration, along with the cities of Koriyama and Iwaki, which were also damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

 The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, Riccardo Fraccari, will be traveling to Japan next week to check out the three location options.

“We want to emphasize this as a ‘recovery games’ and we want to work together with everyone to move it forward,” 2020 Olympic executive board member Toshiaki Endo told the Japan Times.

“These Olympics and Paralympics are not just for Tokyo but for the whole of Japan. We only have 1,353 days left, so we need everyone to make an effort so we can put on a fantastic event.”

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