Road to Tokyo 2020: Arithmetic Workbook Featuring Sports Being Promoted


Tokyo, Aug. 17 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is promoting an original workbook designed to help children learn arithmetic through the appeal of sports.

Along with the workbook for sixth-graders, the committee frequently hosts workshops involving demonstrations by athletes. The committee aims to raise children's interest in the 2020 Games with less than one year to go.

A workshop held in July at Kawabata elementary school in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward was attended by two former track and field athletes--Naoko Takahashi, gold medalist in the women's marathon in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Naoki Tsukahara, a member of the silver medal team in the men's 4x100 meter relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

After learning in the workbook how to calculate speed by dividing distance by time, children moved to the schoolyard to consider how many meters they would need to start ahead of Tsukahara to reach a goal at the same time as the Olympian, who runs 50 meters in 5.85 seconds.

Tsukahara and the children then ran a race to check whether their calculation was correct.

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