It was announced that the Kenyan track and field team will hold their pre-Olympics training camp in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The camp will operate from mid to late July 2020 and represents the fourth time that a local government in Fukuoka Prefecture has agreed to host a training camp for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. In January this year, Kurume Mayor Narahara visited the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo. This was followed with a visit by officials from the Kenyan Ministry of Sport, Culture and Arts together with staff from the track and field team in April to inspect Kurume’s facilities. The Kenyan side was said to be impressed by the city’s sports centers, accessibility, as well as the warmth of the local people. Kazakhstan is also looking at the possibility of some of their sports teams using Kurume’s facilities in the build up to Tokyo 2020. Source: Mainichi Shinbun, 8/24/2017
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