Yuko Okura started work as sport manager for archery at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in April 2016.

She had been counting down toward a single date on the calendar – 24 July 2020 – ever since: the day that 128 archers would first take to the competition field in Tokyo for the ranking round at the Olympics.

The Games were officially delayed in March.

“We now have one more year to prepare,” said Yuko. “It’s an opportunity to reconsider everything very carefully again. Many challenges might come up, but I think it is in a positive way that we have more time to work them through.”

“Since we hit pause,” she continued, “our team has been discussing the best way forward. We need to think of things we can optimise so that the power of sport can give people hope for the future.”

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