On 7 August 2018, about 20 swimmers from Japan and Canada had an earlier opportunity to observe the construction site of the Olympic Aquatics Centre on August 7th.
15 Japanese, 3 Canadian swimmers and 20 officials from Japan, Canada, USA and Australia swimming federations who are in Tokyo to participate for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championship 2018 had shown up in a venue tour organised by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.
An Olympic gold medallist of Rio 2016, Kosuke Hagino was one of the 15 Japanese swimmers who had attended the event.
“Every time I pass by here, I am aware that the building is gradually growing. But this is the first time for me to look at it at close range. My goal is to show the best performance in the Olympic two years from now and I am sure that this venue is going to provide us the best environment to achieve that.” Hagino told the media after the tour.
A Canadian Olympic bronze medallist of Rio 2016, Kylie Masse was one of the three Canadians swimmers who took advantage of viewing the new Olympic venue.
“It is special to be able to be here today and see the construction site being built right now at its peak. It will be a beautiful facility and I am really looking forward to a race here in two years hopefully with the best time as well,” Masse said.
It was not only the construction site that waited the athletes at the site.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot Miraitowa and Paralympic mascot Someity in raincoats had welcomed the athletes and they all had posed with peace sign to celebrate 2 years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic game.