POSTED: June 25th 2014

Tokyo 2020: IOC begins Coordination Commission inspections for the Olympics

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Torsakarin Bigstock
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building / Torsakarin Bigstock

View from the Tokyo Tower
View from the Tokyo Tower

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission led by John Coates got started this morning at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The 16 member group includes a number of IOC members and Executive Board member Anita DeFrantz and former chief of the London 2012 Games Lord Sebastian Coe, and the head of SportAccord, Marius Vizer.

The Tokyo 2020 team led by President Yoshiro Mori included also the Governor of Tokyo Yoichi Masuzoe and a number of government representatives as well as the organizing committee team.

Tomorrow the Commission will have a tour of the venues and be able to see close up the Tokyo facilities plan. However there is a review on the table as Governor Masuzoe in early June told the Metropolitan Assembly that he has concerns for the cost of the venue plans with rising construction and labor costs.

Even Mori, who is Japan’s former Prime Minister, has expressed his reserves over the costs and has worried that the city’s $4 billion reserve fund might not be enough.

One of the plans that raised criticism from local architects and civil activists is the 80,000 seat Olympic stadium that will be built new and funded by the national government which is estimated to cost $1.6 billion. Their argument is that the futuristic design will be too big and expensive and spoil the skyline.

However the new stadium plan was designed by London based Zaha Hadid Architects and will be built in place of the original stadium of 1964. The design was famous for its streamlined style and would be equipped with the latest technology.

A press conference will be held on Friday by Chairman Coates and he will be accompanied by IOC Executive Games Director, Gilbert Felli, and Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori, CEO Toshiro Muto and IOC Member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda.

Keywords · IOC · Tokyo 2020 · John Coates · Yoshiro Mori · Anita DeFrantz · Sebastian Coe · Gilbert Felli · Toshiro Muto · Tsunekazu Takeda

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