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Beach cleanup held at Olympic surfing venue

Date : 09 Jun 2019

Chiba, Japan, June 8, 2019: Surfers and students participated in a trash-picking event at the surfing venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday in a bid to raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution in the buildup to the games.

Teen surfer Minori Kawai, who is hoping to qualify for the 2020 Games, was among the roughly 150 people who were part of the exercise at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo.

During the one-hour limit, 36 teams, each comprising five people, removed about 45kg of litter, including plastic debris and cigarette butts.

“This is the beach where I train at and I didn’t expect so much trash,” said the 18-year-old Kawai.

The event was held by the organising committee of the 2020 Games to coinside with World Environment Day. A similar cleanup event was held at the sailing venue in Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture.

The Olympic surfing competition will be held between July 26 and 29 during the 2020 Games. Organisers have said the schedule may change depending on the conditions of the waves.

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