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    Japan's Olympic hopefuls lie in indoor sports-weight lifting, gymnastics, and volley-ball. The teams taking art?

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    Japan's Olympic hopefuls lie in indoor sports-weight lifting, gymnastics, and volley-ball. The teams taking art in these events are all serious contenders for gold medals in Munich, West Germany, this summer--and in pre-Olympic contests have demonstrated sufficient skills to put them into favourite positions for gold medals. In volley-ball matches, for example, both men's and women's teams are said to be equal to--if not better--than the Soviet team which took the gold medal in the last Mexico Olympics.

    A few weeks ago, the Japanese teams for the Olympics were chosen at sporting events in Tokyo, the capital. Since then, the Japanese Olympic Committee has announced it wills end a 217-member delegation to the Olympics--made up of 179 athletes and 38 officials to take part in 20 events.

    This production, shot in Tokyo from the middle of May to early June, shows some of the Japanese Olympic contestants in action--displaying some of the styles they hope will eventually win their country some gold medals int he most prized sporting event int he world.

    SYNOPSIS: Japanese athletic officials, looking to the coming Olympic games in Munich, West Germany, this summer, have put their hopes into weight-lifting, gymnastics and volley ball. In recent elimination contests in Tokyo, the Japanese capital, final contestants in these fields were selected. In weightlifting, Japan will be represented by Kenkichi Ande--seen here in the final selections--a fast-rising twenty-two year-old who took the silver medal in last year's world championships, and number one teamist Yoshinobi Miyake, aged thirty-three.

    Although old by weightlifting standards, Miyake will be looking for his third consecutive gold medal. He proved the best in the selection trials in Tokyo, and is probably the best in the world.

    In gymnastics, Japan is looking to-amongst others--Sawao Kato, who was nursing a slightly injured shoulder during these trials. He and his follow-team-mates have a high standard to match, though--for Japan's male gymnasts have taken all the gold medals in their field since the Rome Olympics in 1960.

    Top gymnast int he Japanese Olympic team will be Akinori Nakayama, who scored most points in the selections. He, too, is hoping for a gold medal.

    Another Japanese Medal prospect is Mitsuo Tsukahara, aged twenty-four, how had two special exhibits expected to cause great interest int he Munich Olympics--his 'Tsukahara Jump' on the vault horse, and this 'moonsault sp??? on the horizontal bar.

    Volley-ball--and the Japanese women's team, which were said to be equal to if not better than the Soviet women's team whom they played recently, are favoured for a medal. In this game, they beat the Soviet women fifteen-thirteen, fifteen-thirteen, fifteen-thirteen after losing the first two games fifteen-sever and fifteen-eleven. Last year, the Soviets took the gold medal in the Mexico Olympics. This year, not only are the women said to be as good, if not better--so is the Japanese men's team.

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