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ASICS to open low-oxygen training facility in Tokyo

The facility, planned to open a year in advance of the 2020 Olympics, will allow athletes to access low-oxygen training without having to travel to higher altitude

Artist rendering: ASICS

ASICS plans to open a low-oxygen training facility in Tokyo’s futuristic Toyosu district in fall 2019. The 5,000 square metre training centre will occupy the second and third floors of a larger, multi-purpose athletic training centre (provisionally named ASICS Sports Complex TOKYO Bay) to be located between the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Athletes’ Village and the competition venues, in the Harumi neighbourhood.

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More specifically, the facility will be located next to the sprawling new Toyosu Market, site of the world’s largest fish market, which was relocated last week after operating as the Tsukiji market for 83 years.

Artist rendering: ASICS

The centre will allow athletes to train under low-oxygen conditions for track and field and the marathon, to simulate high-altitude training that is usually only available by traveling to locations above 2,000 metres, such as Kenya’s Rift Valley. It will also be accessible to the general public.

The facility will be part of a boom in development and infrastructure occurring in that part of Tokyo in conjunction with the 2020 Olympics.