translated and edited by Brett Larner
At a board of directors meeting in Tokyo on Sept. 28, the JAAF named Koji Ito (46), holder of the 10.00 Japanese 100 m national record, its new strengthening committee chairman. Ito was already serving as the committee's vice-chairman. He replaces Rio de Olympics athletics head coach Kazunori Asaba (56) in the role of the person who will lead the committee in the four-year buildup to the Tokyo Olympics. Ito commented, "As someone in athletics I wanted to be involved in the Tokyo Olympics in one capacity or another. There won't be any instant improvement, but as we move forward I want to listen to the opinions of a wide variety of people."
The board additionally settled the dates for major 2017 domestic competitions. The Japanese National Championships will take place June 23-25 at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai, with combined events being staged June 10-11 at Nagano Civic Field. With some details still being finalized the complete calendar will be settled at March's board of directors meeting. Beginning in 2017 the names of the Japanese Junior Championships and Japanese Youth Championships will also be changed to the U20 Japanese Championships and U18 Japanese Championships.