2020 HOSTS JAPAN SET BAR HIGH FOR SOCHI

Buoyed by Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan are hoping to turn the Sochi Winter Games into another feel-good affair but they may have set the bar too high. Japan, once Asia’s supreme sports power in both summer and winter Games, are targeting a record medal haul in Sochi — topping their previous best of 10, including five gold medals at the 1998 edition they hosted in Nagano. Japan’s chef de mission in Sochi, former Olympic speed skater and cyclist Seiko Hashimoto, did not given a detailed breakdown when she spoke about the ambitious target for Sochi.

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