13 January 2015
In Tokyo people mark 2,020 days before the start of the Olympic Games
Athletes of the Japanese team and several hundred young Tokyoites took part in the celebration of a symbolic date – 2,020 days before the start of the start of the Tokyo Olympic Games. It has coincided with the celebration of the Coming of Age Day in Japan. It is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate all those who have reached the age of majority (20 years old) over the past year.
Young people who came to take part in the Olympic action formed a giant ‘2020’ on the square in front of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Among those attending the ceremony were famous athletes, such as swimmer Kosuke Hagino, bronze medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“It’s great that so many young 20-year-olds turned up to show their support, even though it was quite cold today. And in general, there is an increasing interest in and expectations towards the 2020 Games. I would love to be able to repay fans’ support by winning a gold medal at the home Olympic Games,” – said Hagino.
“This is a fantastic union of athletes and fans. It is symbolic that we started our countdown from the number 2020 on the same day when Japanese 20-year-olds throughout the country celebrate their age of majority. We have tried to encourage young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and to practice sport and received a lively response, “- said Tokyo 2020 Sports Director Koji Murofushi.
The Olympic Games will be held in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9, 2020.