There was yet more signalling of greater collaboration across Irish sport when it was revealed yesterday that Fukuroi City and the Ecopa Stadium facilities have been selected as the pre-games training camp for Team Ireland prior to Tokyo 2020.
This is the same stadium as Ireland will train at and play hosts Japan in during next year’s Rugby World Cup and Team Ireland for the Olympics will use the same hotel facilities.
Located 170 kilometres to the south west of Tokyo in the Shizuoka Prefecture, the city is connected directly to Tokyo by bullet train which takes 90 minutes.
The Ecopa Stadium, indoor arena and athletics facilities were created for the 2002 World Cup where it hosted the quarter final between Brazil and England.
Fukuroi was selected after eight other locations in Japan were reviewed by representatives from Sport Ireland, the Sport Ireland Institute, the Olympic Federation of Ireland and its Athletes’ Commission, and presents a very strong fit for the needs of Team Ireland prior to Tokyo 2020.