• Kyodo


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.

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