- （ここでは）出場する（後出 participate も同意、competition は試合）
- International ... (FIBA)
- 国際バスケットボール連盟（写真説明の Japan ... Association は日本バスケットボール協会）
- host nation place
- ensure ～
- surpass ～
- secure ～
- scrape into ～
- 【写真説明】 vice chairman
Over 500 Japan athletes to join Tokyo Games
Both Japan's men's and women's basketball teams will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) decided on March 30 to allocate them host nation places.
The FIBA's decision, taken at a meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, enables Japan to participate in all 33 sports held at the Tokyo Games, the largest Olympics in history. It also ensures that more than 500 Japanese athletes will compete at the Games, surpassing the country's record number of 355 at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Five additional sports, including baseball and softball, and securing host nation places in team sports helped increase the number of Japanese athletes.
Some Japanese teams, such as basketball, had struggled in competitions against Asian rivals. However, this February, the men's basketball team beat Asia's powerhouses and scraped into the 2019 World Cup. That may have proven pivotal in the FIBA's decision.
The men's basketball team will join the Olympics for the first time in 44 years, having last competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, as well as the women's handball team.