As part of the Olympic changing of the guard from one host city to the next, Tokyo aired a preview of what’s to come in four years. It’s a colorful highlight of Japan’s athletes and its cultural touchstones from video games and animation (albeit no Pokémon sightings). The athletes warmed up and punched, kicked, and threw a red ball into the hands of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
But without a quick way to get from Tokyo to Rio, he enlisted the help of none other than Mario himself to make a grand entrance through one of those pipes. If this is a taste of what we’re going to get in Tokyo in 2020, we’re on board.(NBC Sports also has the full highlights of Tokyo’s show.)
H/T the Next Web