If 国体 is used in conjunction with a prefecture name like 山口国体, does that mean "The National Athletic Meet that is being held in Yamaguchi", or the "The Yamaguchi Prefectural Athletic Meet"?

The only definition I can find for 国体 (in the context of a sports meet) is that it's the National Athletic Meet (goo), but can have a meaning of "region" or "hometown" as well as "nation" (goo), so I'm unsure as to what it can mean in this context.


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As the dictionary says, 国体 in this context is an abbreviation of 国民体育大会 (National Sports Festival). 山口国体 means the National Sports Festival held in Yamaguchi, in the same way as “London Olympics” means the Olympic Games held in London.


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