Rugby World Cup Providing Lessons for 2020 Games Organizers

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Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The successes and issues of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which ended last Saturday, offer lessons for the organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Host Japan's impressive performance helped spur the tournament's commercial success, with more than 99 pct of the tickets sold, while a powerful typhoon led to the first cancellation of matches in Rugby World Cup history.

The international governing body, World Rugby, and the organizing committee for the 2019 tournament had prepared a response for disaster risks, as the World Cup was held during peak typhoon season. In the group stage, matches were to be called off, rather than postponed, and deemed a draw.

"In the group stage, games were tightly scheduled and there was no extra day," Akira Shimazu, chief executive officer of the organizing committee, said. "We had no choice but to cancel (matches) although we wanted to avoid such a situation."

When Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan in mid-October, three group stage matches were called off, while the organizers decided to hold the Pool A match between Japan and Scotland as scheduled after conducting checks, until the very day of the match, whether it could take place safely.

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