【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue】
Aug. 11, 2021
The Tokyo Olympics women's and men's marathons were held in Sapporo on August 7 and 8. Though both marathons unfurled under intense heat, top runners from around the world still put their hearts in...
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (9)】 Three Sapporo athletes contribute to Silver in Women’s BasketballAug. 9, 2021
In the Women’s Basketball Final on the last day of the Tokyo Olympic Games on August 8, Japan were beaten 75-90 by USA – who were aiming for their 7th consecutive title – to take the silver medal. Three athletes from Hokkaido, who were the driving force behind the team’s advancement into the final, shed tears as they smiled with joy at their achievement.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (8)】 Women’s Marathon: 15 Athletes withdraw in extreme heat despite earlier startAug. 8, 2021
The Women’s Marathon was held on August 7, the third day of the Tokyo Olympic Games athletics Marathon and Race Walk events being held in Sapporo. Temperatures in Sapporo were extremely hot, with a maximum of 31.9 degrees recorded just before noon. This was the 18th consecutive day on which temperatures of at least 30 degrees were recorded. Despite the games’ Organising Committee hastily changing the start time to one hour earlier at 6 a.m., the race proved tough, with 15 of the 88 starters withdrawing before the end of the race.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (7)】Brutal heat saps walker strength in Sapporo men's 50 km Race WalkAug. 7, 2021
At the 5:30 a.m. start on August 6, the temperature was already 25 degrees Celsius. It reached 30 degrees with a 79% humidity for the end of the walk in the 9:00 a.m. time slot. It was such a brutal environment, it was hard to feel any actual effect in shifting the venue to Sapporo to escape the intense heat of Tokyo.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (6)】Cheering and photos from the roadside as Olympic Race Walk is held in SapporoAug. 6, 2021
The first of the Tokyo Olympic Games Marathon and Race Walk events to be held in Sapporo began on August 5 with the Men’s 20 km Race Walk. Despite the games’ Organising Committee calling, before the event – as part of measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus – for people to refrain from gathering to watch, spectators packed the roadsides along the course in downtown Sapporo.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (5)】Full-on ‘Hiraki style’! Technically difficult tricks performed with originality in the Women’s SkateboardingAug. 6, 2021
A ‘nose grind’ is an original trick that uses the structure at the edge of the course. With a performance packed with tricks characteristic of the 12-year-old skater, Hiraki became Japan’s youngest ever Olympic medalist. “It was great to win silver medal by skating in my own style,” she smiled.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue ④】An interview with the managing director of the Olympic medal case manufacturer, Yamagami Mokko in the town of TsubetsuAug. 5, 2021
We talked to Yamagami Yuichiro (37) – managing director of Yamagami Mokko, a furniture maker in the town of Tsubetsu in the Okhotsk region of eastern Hokkaido – as he reflects on what was involved in the making of 5,400 wooden medal cases to be presented to athletes at the Tokyo Olympics.
July 24 marks the second match in the first round of Women's Olympic Football. Right before the match, all of the Japanese and Great Britain team members took a knee to protest racism.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue ②】At Opening Ceremony, choreography by Otaru-raised Hirahara and Olympic logo from Engaru woodJuly 24, 2021
The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony on July 23 featured the "Olympic Rings" wooden sculpture crafted in ring shapes designed to represent the Olympic logo. This logo was made with wood from trees grown in the town of Engaru in the Eastern Hokkaido Okhotsk region. The wood used was forest thinning timber from trees that have grown from seeds given to Japan as a gift from countries that participated in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The choreography for Opening Ceremony scenes, including this scene and the scene representing the feelings inside the hearts of athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic, was designed by Central Hokkaido Otaru-raised dancer and choreographer Shintaro Hirahara.
【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue ① 】Watching Sapporo women's football match at home amidst COVID-19July 22, 2021
The first round of women's football kicked off on July 21 at the Sapporo Dome. This is also the first event to be held in Hokkaido for the Summer Olympic Games. Unfortunately, COVID-19 spreading has not improved, and all matches will be held without spectators. That of course includes this first match, which ended in a 1-1 tie between the Japan women's national football team "Nadeshiko Japan" and Canada. Hokkaido fans are disappointed, as many wanted to see the matches at the venue.