Olympics

JOC to set target of 30 gold medals for 2020 Olympics: sources

Kyodo

The Japanese Olympic Committee plans to set the host nation’s gold-medal target at 30 for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, several sources said Monday.

In 2013, the JOC set a goal of winning the third-most gold medals among the countries competing at the 2020 Olympics, and estimated it would need to win 20 to 33 medals to hit the target.

The most gold medals Japan has won at the Summer Olympics is 16 at both the 1964 Tokyo Games and 2004 Athens Games. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Japan claimed the six-most gold medals out of the 207 participating countries, bagging 12 in the 17-day event.

The JOC held meetings last month with various sports’ associations and came up with the 30-medal target after considering the current state of each sport as well as some of the challenges ahead of the 2020 Games.