Former world champion Mirabai Chanu will look to put the best foot forward to strengthen her chances of Olympic qualification when she spearheads the Indian challenge at the Asian Weightlifting Championship.
The marathons had been scheduled to begin at 7 AM but with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius last year, organisers were under pressure to make changes to ensure the safety of athletes and supporters.
The theme of the pink gold torch centres on 'sakura' or cherry blossom in Japan, which arrives every spring to much fanfare, and it was designed with input from children from the areas most severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Lee Chong Wei's withdrawal from the upcoming Malaysian Open has come as a huge blow to his Tokyo 2020 Olympic dreams. Lee pulled out of the competition despite receiving all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer.
The scandal has cast a shadow over next year's Olympics and underlines flawed efforts by the IOC to clean up its bidding process. Japan is spending at least USD 20 billion to organize the games, which open July 24, 2020.