Tokyo 2020: Fukushima to host Olympic events nine years on from nuclear disaster

Members of a baseball team pray for their coach who went missing during the Fukushima disaster.

It’s not uncommon for Olympic venues to fall into a state of disrepair after the Games have gone and the crowds have dissipated.

But Tokyo 2020 organizers are hoping for a role reversal, using the Olympic Games to help regenerate Fukushima — an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster.

On Friday, Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori announced Fukushima will stage Olympic baseball and softball matches.

“By hosting Olympic baseball and softball events, Fukushima will have a great platform to show the world the extent of its recovery since the disaster,” Mori said in a statement.

“It will also be a wonderful chance for us to show our gratitude towards those who assisted in the region’s reconstruction. And I’m sure the people of Fukushima are also looking forward very much to seeing Olympics events hosted there.”

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