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COUNTDOWN TO TOKYO 2020


With the calendar turning over to 2017, and the Games of the


XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, still fresh in our memory, preparations are well underway for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. In 2020, fans will be given unprecedented access to the


Weightlifting action, according to Tokyo 2020 Weightlifting Sport Administrator Reiko Chinen. The Tokyo International Forum will be home to Weightlifting


for the 2020 Games. The tower of glass and steel will be trans- formed into Weightlifting utopia. Spanning 11 floors, one story will be dedicated to training. There, fans will be able to watch athletes’ final preparations before competing on the world’s greatest stage. Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Weightlifting venue will


serve as a perfect meeting spot for fans attending the Games. “There are plenty of bars, restaurants and shops right outside,


and many subways and train stations nearby,” Reiko said. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Para-


lympic Games has designated two rings in central Tokyo that will house a majority of the Olympic competitions. Weightlifting’s venue, the Tokyo International Forum, lies in the Heritage Zone. The neighboring Tokyo Bay Zone houses many other venues in- cluding the Olympic Village and International Broadcast Center.


INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND, FLICKR MEGAPIKSEL, FLICKR By Kevin Farley


Both rings sit between Tokyo’s main airports. The Tokyo 2020 website is live at http://tokyo2020.jp With the venue set, next comes the long road to Tokyo. Ear-


lier in the fall, USA Weightlifting released its selection proce- dures, which dictates how athletes will be selected to represent the United States on the world stage.


THOUSANDS OF WINDOWS PROVIDE NATURAL LIGHT INTO THE TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM


LOCATED IN CENTRAL TOKYO, THE TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM PROVIDES WEIGHTLIFTING FANS AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THE JAPANESE CAPITAL CITY DURING THE 2020 GAMES


THE TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM WILL HOUSE THE WEIGHTLIFTING COMPETITION AT THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES


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