Japanese boccia athletes highly impressed with Tokyo Paralympic Games venue
Two athletes from Japan’s Paralympic boccia team left with good impressions Friday after visiting the site of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, the future venue for the sport at next summer’s Tokyo Games.
Hidetaka Sugimura and Takayuki Hirose, members of Japan’s silver medal-winning mixed team at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, said touring the construction site in Tokyo’s waterfront district gave them some peace of mind with less than 18 months to go until the games kick off.
“I felt like it’s an environment where I’ll be able to play at ease,” Sugimura said of the venue designed based on accessibility guidelines set by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.
The para athletes learned that the warm-up facility and venue are near each other, and that the site was planned to ensure the smooth movement of athletes from their arrival until their actual matches.
Original article at: Kiodo News