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Volume 6 No. 212


The British Olympic Association announced that Great Britain's '16 Olympians "will complete their preparations for the Games in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte," according to the PA. BOA Chair Sebastian Coe "has signed an official memorandum of understanding with city officials which confirms Team GB athletes will train, prepare and acclimatise in the city in the final runup to competition." Belo Horizonte is situated in the center of the country, an hour's flight from Rio, "and is also preparing to host six matches in next year's football World Cup." Team GB's official training base "will be the multi-purpose Minas Tenis Clube" (PA, 10/16).

A Yokohama housewife "has submitted a petition with 15,000 signatures opposing Tokyo’s plan to build a canoe course for the 2020 Olympics in fauna-rich Kasai Rinkai Park." The woman collected the signatures via the online signature-gathering site "in the hope of persuading the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to find a different site" (KYODO, 10/17). ... The Japan Tourism Agency on Wednesday "offered to cooperate with the private sector in enhancing hospitality for foreign tourists toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics" (KYODO, 10/16).