Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee acquired part in a demonstration spread as the Aquatics Centre for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games was unveiled today. Ikee, a six-time Asian Games gold medalist, put swimming on hold last year. She exposed in February 2019 that she had acute lymphatic leukemia.
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Poster Girl of The Tokyo Olympics
The 20-year-old had been the poster girl of the Tokyo Olympics until her illness but is now aiming for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games following her recovery. Ikee was the anchor in a 50-meter relay during the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Aquatics Centre.
Demos of artistic swimming, diving, and Para-swimming also taking place. Olympic and Paralympic Sports Minister Seiko Hashimoto and Koto Mayor made speeches, with Tokyo Governor in attendance.
“With this, the sites that were exactly built for the Tokyo Olympics are now all complete,” Koike supposed.
I get happy just thinking about the top athletes from Japan and the rest of the world that will be putting on a show here. A select number of Tokyo residents were taken on a tour of the venue and given the chance to watch the ceremony. A series of COVID-19 countermeasures, including social distancing, was in operation during the event.
The ¥56.7 billion Tokyo Olympic Aquatics Centre, due to stage artistic swimming, diving. Swimming competitions at the Games was the final permanent venue to be completed. Construction of the facility, which has a capacity of 15,000. Will feature a 50 meters pool during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, was finished in March.
Its opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Which also caused the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to next year. The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8. Before the Paralympics take centre stage between August 24 and September 5. The Aquatics Centre is expected to hold international and national swimming events following the Games.
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