Children compete in a cross-country skiing event on a course around Odori Park in Sapporo, capital of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, on Feb. 16, 2020. The race, the first of its kind to be held in the city, was planned by a committee consisting of the local government, chamber of commerce and industry and other organizations pushing to bring the 2030 Winter Olympics and Paralympics to Sapporo, and was intended to help build momentum for the bid. The about 180 skiers on the downtown course were made up of elementary and junior high school students as well as people with disabilities. Taka Ishihara, 11, a resident of the prefectural town of Higashikawa who won the category for elementary school sixth-graders, said, "If the Olympics are held at Sapporo, I want to compete in them."
(Japanese original by Junichi Tsuchiya, Hokkaido News Department)