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A player dives for the ball under the scorching sun in a test event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo, on July 25. Dripping with sweat and covered in sand, athletes gave their all to grab victory. Many spectators cheered as they watched the intense action.

The Yomiuri ShimbunWith just under a year to go until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, various test events are being held this summer. In environments similar to those of the actual events, the facilities, management, staff cooperation and other factors are being closely checked to prepare for next summer. Participation by some of the world’s top athletes has also added a layer of excitement to the efforts.Speech

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    Weightlifting
    A hall at Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, hosts a test event on July 7. The hall, which usually hosts concerts, shook whenever the weightlifters’ voices rang out and the barbells were dropped to the floor.

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    Modern pentathlon
    Children try out fencing, one of the five events of the modern pentathlon, in Chofu, Tokyo, on June 30. There are said to be about 40 modern pentathlon athletes in the nation. The test event is believed to have been a great opportunity to expand the sport’s fan base. Modern pentathlon events will take place in the 50,000-seat Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, among other venues during the 2020 Games.

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    Bicycle road race
    A test event was held at Musashino Forest Park in Chofu, Tokyo, on July 21. There were many spectators not only along the street but also on the hill and near the pond. Loud voices cheered the cyclists on as soon as they started the tough race.

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    Archery
    A test event was held on July 12 at Yumenoshima Park Archery Field in Koto Ward, Tokyo, which was completed in April. It was supposed to be a good opportunity for archers to grasp the way the wind blows and the general atmosphere of the venue, but it rained. However, archers’ umbrellas with target designs added some charm.

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