POSTED: February 16th 2012

Tokyo 2020: Features new compact bid plan and stadium legacy to 1964 Games

The Tokyo 2020 bid team at the press conference today / Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 bid team at the press conference today / Tokyo 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Tokyo 2020 officially unveiled their new campaign plan today focusing on a new highly compact venue plan during a press conference in the city.

Tokyo 2020 president, Tsunekazu Takeda, presented the new bid and highlighted that 28 out of 31 competition venues were located conveniently in the city within an 8km radius of the Olympic and Paralympic Village.

As a legacy to the 1964 Games, a new Olympic Stadium will be built as a landmark in its place and it will be the jewel in the crown of the new venue plan.

Takeda said, “It is with great honour and a sense of national pride that we have submitted our plans to the International Olympic Committee for their consideration.

“We have worked hard to improve the plans we presented in 2016, and to make sure that they are fully integrated with the city and its people.

“We have made sure to apply those lessons this time. The first proof of that is in this strengthened initial venue plan.”

According to the bid plan some of the strong points are:

- The new Olympic Stadium, Kasumigaoka National Stadium, to be built on the site of the 1964 Olympic Stadium, becoming one of the most advanced stadiums in the world. It will host 80,000 people for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and as well as competitions including Athletics.

- An enhanced plan for the Village, relocated to a magnificent waterfront setting at the very centre of the venue plan, at the intersection of the Heritage Zone and Tokyo Bay Zone. Almost all venues are within an 8 km radius of Village. Following the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Village site will become the Tokyo International Exchange Plaza, a residential and mixed-use development that will become a major cultural and education centre housing facilities for international students and global institutions.

- The modernisation and development of a number of iconic legacy facilities from the acclaimed Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, combined with the construction of new world-class sports facilities. The cluster of new permanent venues will be located in the developing Sea Forest Park overlooking Tokyo Bay.

- Live Sites, fan trails and other entertainment points integrated into the Olympic Plan and the City to enhance the community and visitors’ unique experience of the Games.

- A Games plan in close alignment with new and extended urban planning and development strategies for Tokyo, with venues and Games facilities connected by one of the world’s most efficient public transport systems undergoing constant and integrated improvement.

Tokyo and Japan are in the process of rebuilding after the recent disasters last year with the earthquake and consequent tsunami that hit the nation hard.

World champion gymnast Kohei Uchimura, said, “Our bid isn’t just for Tokyo; it’s for our entire country and for our people, coming together as one. I want to see Japan energised by this bid, and the first step for me to contribute to this Movement is to give my all at the London Olympics, leaving nothing behind.”

Tokyo is in the 2020 race against Baku, Doha, Istanbul, and Madrid to host the summer Games. The final decision will be voted in September 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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