The former president of the London Olympics organizing committee inspected the track at the Olympic Stadium accompanied by the Japanese Olympic Committee chief Yasuhiro Yamashita and World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon.
Added to this the fact that the race was run in much colder conditions than usual, and that both of Friday's practise sessions had been washed out, there was an air of uncertainty for teams and drivers as they began the race.
"My players did a good job on defense and fast breaks," said Sichuan coach Pan Wei.
Teenager Talles Magno, a key member of the Brazil team that won last year's under-17 World Cup, put Vasco ahead in the ninth minute at their Sao Januario stadium with an easy tap-in following Cayo Tenorio's cross.
Colombia's clash with Venezuela at Estadio Metropolitano will be followed by another qualifier against Chile in Santiago next Tuesday. Enditem
He continued his rich vein of form for Uruguay on Thursday, playing one of his best matches for his country to date as La Celeste beat Chile 2-1 in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier in Montevideo.
"We played badly today, especially in the first quarter. We had many mistakes on the court, which was indescribable," rued Henan coach Li Jianxin. Enditem
Having observed the league games for nearly a month, Jia said he already had a new national team roster in mind, which would be based on the lineup that drew with Australia in February's Olympic qualifiers.
Kevin Monnet-Paquet, forward for French Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, is among the foreign-based players, and will be the first time he appears for Amavubi.
The fourth seed has yet to play Swiatek on the Tour but encountered with each other on the same stage in the junior competitions four years ago.
Peng led Wuhan with 17 points, and Ha Wenxi and Deng bagged 13 and 11 points respectively.