Stage is Set for Tokyo 2020 Test Event

By Kevin Farley with Team USA in Tokyo | July 05, 2019, 4:43 a.m. (ET)

More than 70 athletes representing ten nations are in Tokyo to compete in the Japan, China, Korea International Friendship Tournament and the Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Test Event.

Wes Kitts (109kg) and Marissa Klingseis (87kg) will represent Team USA at the Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Test Event.

This weekend's competition is the final test of the venue, the Tokyo International Forum, that will host the Olympic Weightlifting competition next summer at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo. Situated in the heart of Japan's capital city, the Tokyo International Forum features a state-of-the-art experience for athletes, coaches, technical officials and weightlifting fans. 

The training hall, situated in the basement of the building, features an elevated glass walkway for fans to watch their favorite athletes train prior to their moment on the Olympic stage. 

The stage is set for the #Tokyo2020 Test Event! @weskitts22 & @mklingseis will represent #TeamUSA this weekend! Competition times in our bio link.

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Upstairs, on the fourth floor, the competition stage is set. With two levels of seating in a theatre setting, every fan who attends the Weightlifting competition will have a great view of the action.

Lifting begins Saturday, July 6, with ten medal sessions and concludes Sunday, July 7 with six medal sessions.

Kitts will lift for Team USA first on Sunday, July 7 at 11:15AM Tokyo time (Saturday, July 6 at 10:15PM Eastern Daylight Time.) Klingseis will lift at 4:00PM Tokyo Time (Sunday, July 7 at 3:00AM Eastern Daylight Time). Click here for Live Stream information.

Athletes from Belgium, China, Finland, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Chinese Taipei and the United States of America are participating in the Ready Steady Tokyo competition, a Silver level qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.