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Republic of Palau Track and Field Team Tours Pre-Olympic Camp Facilities in Ibaraki: "It's a Good Environment"

As part of the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, representatives of the Republic of Palau's national track and field team arrived in Hitachi Omiya, Ibaraki on June 2 to inspect facilities for their pre-Olympic camp. On June 6 they met with deputy governor Shun Onodera and spoke enthusiastically about their plans for two years from now.

The delegation of five included Rodman Teltull, 24, a member of Palau's 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics team in the 100 m,. Deputy governor Onodera encouraged the athletes, telling them, "If you eat our local specialty natto you'll be able to stick to it in your races and win medals. I hope that you will all train well and arrive back here in two years fully prepared."

Teltull commented, "Ibaraki is cold, but it's a good training environment. We'll do our best to perform in the relays." Teltull and the others will train in the town of Hitachinaka's Kasamatsu Sports Park and elsewhere until June 12. It will be the first time for a pre-Olympic training camp to be held in Ibaraki.

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