Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)–A meeting attended mainly by representatives of national Olympic committees of countries participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games kicked off in the capital of Japan on Tuesday for a three-day run.
The gathering brought together a total of some 400 officials from 194 national Olympic committees, the International Olympic Committee and the Association of National Olympic Committees.
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is set to give briefings on services to be available for national Olympic committees and the preparation status for the 2020 Games.
On Friday, a North Korean delegation, comprising Vice Sports Minister Won Gil-woo and two other officials, cancelled a visit to Japan for the meeting. The reason for the cancellation is not known.
Also absent from the Tokyo meeting are officials from national Olympic committees of Angola, Armenia, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Comoros, the Faroe Islands and Equatorial Guinea.
National Olympic committee representatives from Ghana, Kosovo, Macau and Nicaragua did not make it to the meeting as well.
The organizing committee will offer explanations about competitions, venues, the athletes’ village, transportation and accommodations for the quadrennial sporting event.
It will also discuss with respective national Olympic committees schedules on trips to Japan by athletes and others.
In addition, the meeting participants will visit such facilities as the New National Stadium, or the main venue of the Tokyo Games, and the Tokyo Aquatics Center, which will host swimming competitions.