NOCs Impressed By What They See Of Tokyo's 2020 Plans

By Jim Armstrong, AP Sports Writer

TOKYO (AP) -- With just over three years to go, sports administrators from around the world are already visiting Tokyo to check on the city's Olympic preparations for the 2020 Games.

While Tokyo has had to overcome some initial setbacks, such as the delay of the new national stadium and a plagiarism scandal involving the official 2020 logo, local organizers are confident their plans reinforce the Japanese capital's reputation for being highly organized and efficient.

The Canadian Olympic Committee just wrapped up a weeklong visit. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, and Denmark are among the other countries which have sent delegations to survey the progress.

"There is a high level of confidence in what Tokyo 2020 will deliver," said Andrew Baker, Games Director of the Canadian Olympic Committee. "You expect a high level of organization and I would say from what we've seen with the planning so far they are living up to that reputation."

Cranes dot the city's waterfront area where the Athletes' Village and other venues are under construction.

While Tokyo will not present the same logistical challenges as Rio de Janeiro did last year, there are still issues that need to be dealt with.

One of the major challenges will be combating the heat and humidity. The last time Tokyo hosted the Summer Games in 1964, they were held in October to avoid the stifling heat.

"We know that with summers in Tokyo weather may be a challenge," Baker said. "We'll work with our sports federations to prepare our athletes to compete in those temperatures."

Japanese government officials have acknowledged that several venues for the July 24-Aug. 9 Games will be hot.

Last summer, officials surveyed conditions where the tennis, sailing and golf events will be held and noted that temperatures topped 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) on multiple days, a level which usually triggers the Japan Sports Association's requirement that exercise be stopped.

The government has been investigating ways to protect athletes and spectators from the heat. One suggestion is to apply a special coating to roads in Tokyo to reduce surface temperatures.

Officials propose to use a material that reflects infrared rays from the sun so that road surfaces stay cooler but say using the coating will cost up to twice as much as regular methods.

When Tokyo was bidding for the 2020 Games, it promoted a compact plan with almost all of the venues inside an 8-km radius from the Olympic village.

But since winning the bid, several sports have been moved outside Tokyo to neighboring Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures to cut costs, with cycling even farther away in Izu.

Baker doesn't see that as a major concern.

"In general this is still a compact venue plan," Baker said. "We've just visited the aquatics venues and they are all really close to the Athlete's Village. There are some venues that are further away but people aren't too concerned by that."

Cost of Tokyo 2020 Gymnastics Venue Doubles, Price Tag Now at $200 Million

Valorie Kondos Field To Retire As UCLA Gymnastics Coach After 2019 Season

Longtime UCLA gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field, better known as Miss Val, announced this morning that she will retire from her position after the 2019 NCAA season. While this is news for most, the fan-favorite coach made the decision years ago.

LSU Looking To McKenna Kelley & Bailey Ferrer For New 1-2 Punch

Now that first official practices are underway at many schools, we’re continuing our series on the new additions to NCAA gymnastics team rosters, highlighting the LSU Tigers today. 

U.S. Wins Team Golds At 2018 Pan American Gymnastics Championships

The U.S. men and U.S. women both won team gold medals at the 2018 Pan American Championships in Lima, Peru.

McCallum, Thomas Go One-Two AA At 2018 Pan Am Championships

Press release via USA Gymnastics.

After Placing 6th In US Champs All-Around, Jade Carey Vies For Worlds Spot

Jade Carey - Floor, USA - Official Podium Training - 2017 World Championships

Between the return of Simone Biles — the greatest gymnast of all time — and the tumult within USA Gymnastics, the last nine months have been an absolute roller coaster. But that's not going to keep us from constantly recognizing the hard work and brilliant gymnastics of these athletes.

2018 U.S. Championships Lovely Leo Winners

NCAA Gymnastics 2019 Season Hype: Trinity Thomas Is Coming To Gainesville

We’re continuing our series on the new additions to NCAA gymnastics team rosters, highlighting the Florida Gators today. The Gators had a couple of important contributors graduate last year, including Kennedy Baker, Alex McMurtry, and Rachel Slocum. How they replace these losses will determine how far they can go this year in NCAA competition.

Elevate The Stage: JO To NCAA Gymnasts

Elevate the Stage is a podium-style gymnastics competition for NCAA and J.O. teams, and FloGymnastics is excited to again bring you live coverage of the meets in the 2019 season.

Lovely Leos: 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships Day 2

We've got a winner from day 1, and now it's time to vote for Day 2's loveliest leo from the 2018 U.S. Championships!

University Of Illinois At Chicago To Cut NCAA Gymnastics Teams

The University of Illinois at Chicago men's and women's gymnastics teams were informed on August 31 that the 2018-2019 competition season would be the final year for both teams.