The Japan Football Association on Friday will announce that its men’s and women’s teams will use the J-Village in Fukushima as their training base for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
The J-Village training center has led the frontline for Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s tackling of the nuclear plant crisis since the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
The JFA’s plans for the J-Village, which will serve as a symbol of recovery for the Tokyo Games, will be formally unveiled at a local municipal meeting that will address the restoration of the national training center, according to the sources.
The site will partially reopen as a training facility in July 2018 before it is fully relaunched in April 2019 in time for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The J-Village, located about 20 km south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, was built by TEPCO and donated to the prefectural government in 1997 as Japan’s first national training center for football.