Tokyo Kicks Off Three-Year Countdown To 2020 Olympic Games

Tokyo kicked off a three-year countdown to the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympics on Monday and unveiled a new theme song for the games at an event in the city.

“There are three years to go. in three years from today, on the 24th, it will be the opening ceremony,” the Tokyo 2020 president, Yoshio Mori said.

During the event, a group of Japanese celebrities and Olympians wore traditional Japanese clothing patterned with 2020 games logos and danced to “Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020”, an Updated version of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic games song. It was sung in a traditional style commonly associated with summer festival songs in Japan.

TOKYO 2020 PRESIDENT YOSHIO MORI

“we have a wonderful song to which everyone from all around the world can dance, regardless of whether they are old, young, handicapped or foreign,” Mori said.

Tokyo will be holding other three-year countdown events on Monday, including the kick-off of a nationwide flag tour.

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games also held an executive board meeting to discuss preparations for the 2020 games.

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Team Nigeria Hopes To Win African Badminton Title

Nigerian players competing at the Africa Badminton Championship are confident they can emerge champions in South Africa.

The championship which is schedule for April 16 to 23 will feature Africa’s top Badminton players.

Team Nigeria is made up of six players, comprising of four males and two females that will represent the country in the Mixed Team event as well as Individual Championship.

Captain of the Nigeria Badminton team, Babalola Gideon, who is the number one ranked player in the country, is confident that Nigeria will impress at the championship.

“We have trained together as a team for more than a month and we believe we are prepared to take up the trophy”, Babalola said.

The Nigerian Badminton players are, Habeeb Bello, Clement Korobapo, Salaudeen Abdulfatai, Momoh Zainab, Gideon Babalola and Dorcas Adesokan who is already in South Africa on a training scholarship by the Badminton Confederation of Africa in preparation for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.