Brazilian athletes will be based at six training bases for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, after reaching an agreement with the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and local towns.
The deal was signed by Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) chairman Carlos Nuzman, JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda and local officials here in Tokyo.
Under the terms of the COB deal, they will have their main support base at the University of Rikkyo.
It is anticipated that 120 athletes from 10 different disciplines will use the universities facilities as they prepare for the Games.
Around 90 Brazilian athletes will be based in Sagamihara, across eight disciplines, while Hamamatsu, Enoshima, Ota and Koto were also designated as preparation venues.
Hamamatsu will be training venue for Brazil’s judo and swimming teams, with the former having already spent time using facilities in the coastal city.
The sports allocated to the remaining bases will be dependent on athletes’ qualification for the Games.
“We are sure that the Brazilian athletes will benefit from the best structure in the final preparation phase for the Tokyo Games,” said Nuzman, who competed in men’s volleyball at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.
“The facilities are of the highest quality and we are very pleased to be able to provide our athletes with all the conditions to train and adapt the best way possible to the local climate and time.”
Prior to making the decisions on the training bases, the COB visited Japan on five separate occasions to assess venues.
The COB, as well as putting into place training and recovery structure for athletes, will dedicate special attention to catering.
Athletes will be able to enjoy Brazilian cuisine in the country’s main training bases, while a restaurant will be set up in a school nearby the Olympic Village for those who wish to eat Brazilian food.
A hospitality centre will also be established close to the Olympic Village, in Chuo, where athletes will be able to meet with their families and friends.
The agreement for the training bases was signed prior to the latest International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission visit in Tokyo, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow and run until Friday (June 30).
Nuzman, who was chair of the Organising Committee for last year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was invited to the Commission by IOC President Thomas Bach in April.