Team GB are helping to develop ground-breaking new immersive technology to adapt athletes and coaches to Japan before they even arrive for next summer’s Olympics Games.
With the first athletes who will represent Great Britain next year formally confirmed on Tuesday, the planners at Team GB have also been working on a range of initiatives to maximise performance following the record medal haul in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Although training trips to Japan are relatively common for some athletes, notably the 12 sailors who were selected, others will be less familiar with the conditions and environment that they will face. To combat this, Team GB have been amassing information and visual imagery that will be converted after Christmas into a virtual guide, potentially deliverable by social media, of what to expect.
There is also a proactive attempt to deepen the team culture and sense of shared history by involving athletes from the 1964 Olympics, also in Tokyo, as part of the preparations.
Some of the Team GB clothing next year will be inspired by designs that were worn by legends such as Ann Packer and Lynn Davies 56 years earlier and will also contain aspects of Japanese language and culture.