JOC Chief Targets Well Over 30 Gold Medals in Tokyo Olympics


Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita pledged Thursday that the country aims to earn far more gold medals than the committee's goal of 30 in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

"We'll work hard to win many more gold medals than the goal of 30," Yamashita said in a lecture meeting sponsored by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press affiliate, in Tokyo. "It's possible for Japanese athletes to win more than 30 golds if they display their strengths on the back of support from many members of the public."

Yamashita, the gold medalist in the men's judo open category in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, said the committee is working with organizations representing each sport in an unprecedentedly close and effective way in strengthening Japanese athletes.

"The momentum is now being built for the committee to work in unity with the related organizations for successfully holding the Olympics," he said. While noting that Japan's national team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, held in Japan, "fought under the slogan of 'One Team,'" Yamashita said, "We're working as 'Team Japan,'" for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

He said that the JOC plans to create opportunities for Japanese Olympians and Paralympians who give outstanding performances in the 2020 Games to visit areas affected by disasters, including the March 2011 powerful earthquake and tsunami, and encourage affected people.

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