Tokyo 2020 Hoping to Learn from Pyeongchang – pokesman

Updated: 03:51 GMT, Feb 8, 2018 | Published: 11:21 GMT, Feb 7, 2018 |

Pyeongchang 2018 may not have started yet, but organisers of the next landmark Olympic Games are already learning the rigours of hosting a major sporting event.

Tokyo will host the next summer games in 2020 and the organising committee has sent a large delegation to near-neighbours South Korea to learn lessons from the Winter Games, which start on Friday (February 9).

Speaking to Reuters in Pyeongchang on Wednesday (February 7), Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said his team was committed to learning what hosting a games is like on the ground.

Takaya added his team had been particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of the tens of thousands of volunteers helping guide athletes, media and fans around the Olympic clusters in the build-up to the games.

Takaya also acknowledged how important a strong Japanese performance in the events themselves at Pyeongchang would be for those watching back home.

Japan are confident of an impressive showing at these winter games, something Takaya hopes will build momentum for Tokyo 2020 among Japanese sports fans.

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