Tokyo 2020: Fukushima to host Olympic events nine years on from nuclear disaster

It’s normal for Olympic scenes to fall into a condition of dilapidation after the Games have gone and the group have disseminated.

In any case, Tokyo 2020 coordinators are seeking after a part inversion, utilizing the Olympic Games to help recover Fukushima – a region crushed by the 2011 seismic tremor, tidal wave and ensuing atomic calamity.

On Friday, Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori declared Fukushima will arrange Olympic baseball and softball matches.

“By facilitating Olympic baseball and softball occasions, Fukushima will have an awesome stage to demonstrate the world the degree of its recuperation since the catastrophe,” Mori said in an announcement.

“It will likewise be an awesome possibility for us to demonstrate our appreciation towards the individuals who aided the locale’s remaking. Furthermore, I’m certain the general population of Fukushima are additionally looking forward especially to seeing Olympics occasions facilitated there.”

The neighboring Miyagi prefecture, likewise hit by the quake and wave, will have the preparatory rounds of the Olympic football rivalry.


Baseball is viewed as Japan’s most famous game, with several thousands habitually rushing to watch the Nippon Professional Baseball alliance.

Japan has won three baseball awards since its presentation as an authority Olympic game in 1992, never neglecting to achieve the elimination rounds. The diversion is back on the plan for 2020, having been dropped in the wake of Beijing 2008.

The occasions will be held at the Azuma Baseball stadium, around 70 kilometers northwest of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant.

Remodeled for the 2020 Games, the 30,000-situate setting will have Olympic matches in conjunction with the Yokohama Stadium in the Kanagawa prefecture.

An alternate type of legacy

In a current review directed by Tokyo daily paper Yomiuri Shimbun, 88% of respondents said they upheld the idea of facilitating Olympic rivalry in zones influenced by the occasions of 2011.

The aftermath from the debacle – the most exceedingly awful atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 – is as yet being felt.

As of late as a year ago, several thousands were all the while living in transitory lodging – expected to last only 24 months – while the Japanese government has spent in abundance of $1.5 billion expelling soil from the encompassing region, with many alternative stockpiling destinations holding a great many dark sacks containing radioactive material.

In March 2016, somewhere in the range of 800,000 tons of exceptionally radioactive water sat in hurriedly developed tanks at the site, enough to fill more than 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

While a few specialists appraise it will be 40 years before the site is totally sheltered, Bach made light of the hazard, telling journalists the choice introduced “an incredible chance to bring the soul of the Olympic Games to the district.”

“It is an outflow of solidarity from the Olympic development to the general population that are enduring there with the results of this catastrophe,” the German included.