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1000 days to Tokyo 2020

Tokyo celebrates the countdown of 1,000 days to go until the Olympic Games in 2020
Tokyo, Japan, October, 28, 2017 – The Japanese capital's Nihonbashi district will come alive as Tokyo celebrates 1,000 days to go to the 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday.

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Tokyo’s glittering skyline will sparkle during the celebratory event and Nihonbashi's bustling main street will turn into a giant sports field.

Members of the public will have a front row seat to an interactive show featuring the new sports on the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo sees the Olympic Games return after they were first hosted in the Japanese capital in 1964. For volleyball especially there is special significance and emotion, as it was at Tokyo 1964 that the sport was first officially introduced to the Olympic programme.

Both the volleyball and beach volleyball venues will be located within the Tokyo Bay Zone. The indoor competition will be held at the new Ariake Arena, designed for 15,000 spectators, on area reclaimed from the sea. The Ariake area will also host cycling, gymnastics and tennis at Tokyo 2020.

Beach volleyball will be played in a temporary, 12,000-capacity arena in Shiokaze Park, with a backdrop of the iconic Rainbow Bridge - a double-decker suspension bridge linking Shibaura Pier with the Odaiba waterfront development. The Beach Volleyball Arena will be about three kilometres southest of Ariake Arena.

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