Karate test event held in Tokyo for 2020 Olympic debut
Tokyo Olympics medals (L-R: Silver, Gold and Bronze) are displayed after the One Year to Go Ceremony at Tokyo Forum in Tokyo, Japan, 24 July 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Tokyo, Sep 9 (efe-epa).- The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee on Monday held a test event for karate ahead of its debut as an Olympic discipline to review logistics arrangement for the Games next year.
The test event for karate, one of the five new sports to be inducted in the Olympics in Tokyo, was held at the Nippon Budokan sports arena with more than a dozen Japanese athletes taking part.
The test, which was partially open to the press, included a number of combats of the male and female kumite discipline, while the semifinal and final of the kata discipline were also simulated, with local karateka Ryuji Moto winning the "final" bout.
The event was to test the functioning of the sound systems, cameras and other technological devices at the facilities apart from the potential medical care needed in a sport which is prone to injuries, Tokyo 2020 Games Operations Bureau official Yasuo Mori said.
The test was also meant to monitor the logistical preparations for the competition after the Faxai typhoon on Sunday night led to chaotic scenes in Tokyo as transport services and specially trains were hit for hours.
Mori said the test event took place as planned.
Apart from simulating competition bouts, the organizers also held a mock ceremony to award medals for the kata discipline.
Karate is one of the five new sports included in the Olympic program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be held between Jul.24 and Aug.9 next year.
The other disciplines making their debut are baseball/softball, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding. EFE-EPA