The Japanese Olympic Committee has set a target of 30 gold medals for the Tokyo 2020 hosts – nearly double their previous best of 16 in 1964 and 2004.
So where might they be won? Here are a few contenders from Team Japan.
Kento Momota – Badminton
Two-time world champion and world number one Kento Momota had been expected to be among the favourites for gold at Rio 2016.
But just a few months before the Games, the 26-year-old was banned from playing by his national federation after admitting to gambling – an illegal activity in almost all forms across Japan.
In January 2020 he was involved in a fatal road crash, with Momata needing surgery on a fractured eye socket and fearing he might never play again.
Two months later the Tokyo Olympics were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and he comes into the rearranged Games having “rediscovered the joy of badminton”.
If he can win gold, Momota, who went to school in Fukushima -…