ASB MAGAZINE: Preparations for surfing’s Olympic debut will be scrutinised this week when a test event for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo takes place at Tsurigasaki Beach.The competition, part of the ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ test event series, begins today and concludes on Sunday (July 21). Surfing makes its highly anticipated debut in 12 month’s time at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games (July 24 – Aug 9). ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ is the official brand name for the test events Tokyo 2020 will be organising. The event will be conducted by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games and the International Surfing Association (ISA) and serves as a dress rehearsal to test surfing’s organisational and operational readiness. It is not open to the public.
‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ offers the Organising Committee and the (ISA) an opportunity to inspect the Olympic venue. The event features 20 men and 20 women, all from Japan and includes former US Open Champion Hiroto Ohara and Masatoshi ‘Mar’ Ohno. Current world number 5 Kanoa Igarashi is competing at the WSL Corona Jbay Open and will not compete.
Because of the construction work that will take place around Tsurigasaki Beach, the schedule is subject to change. The times the test event will start, and finish will vary depending on the weather. The weather may also affect the progress of the competition, which Organisers have admitted may be suspended due to poor wave conditions or bad weather.
ISA President President Fernando Aguerre has consistently said that he has no concerns about the potential for a lack of waves for the surfing events at Tokyo 2020 and has preferred surfing’s debut in the ocean, over man-made or wave pool alternatives. It has also been claimed that between late August and October is the best time to surf in Japan.
Surfing’s ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ schedule;
- 18 July 2019 7:00～15:30 Men’s Round 1 / Women’s Round 1 / Men’s Round 2 / Women’s Round 2
- 19 July 2019 7:00～17:35 Women’s Round 3 / Men’s Round 3
- 20 July 2019 7:00～14:55 Men’s Quarterfinals / Women’s Quarterfinals / Men’s Semifinals / Women’s Semifinals
- 21 July 2019 8:00～11:40 Women’s Bronze medal match / Men’s Bronze medal match / Women’s Finals / Men’s Finals / Women’s Victory Ceremony /Men’s Victory Ceremony
The surfing test event follows similar competitions in archery and weightlifting.
ABOUT READY STEADY TOKYO
The brand name ‘Ready Steady Tokyo’ aims to express the excitement that continues to build as the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 edge closer. The design of the new logo, expressed using brush strokes that echo Japanese calligraphy, is inspired by the passion and powerful movements of dynamic athletes, exuding sweat, splashing water and kicking up earth as they perform. Overall, 56 test events will be held until May 2020 – some during scheduled domestic and international sporting events and 22 others comprising dedicated Olympic and Paralympic test events organised by Tokyo 2020.
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