POSTED: November 19th 2014
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Tokyo 2020: Numerous venues under study for the most cost effective solutions

The IOC Coordination Commission led by Australian IOC Vice President John Coates (center) carry out their second visit to the host city / TOKYO 2020 - Shugo Takemi
The IOC Coordination Commission led by Australian IOC Vice President John Coates (center) carry out their second visit to the host city / TOKYO 2020 - Shugo Takemi

(L to R) John Coates and Yoshiro Mori, head of Tokyo 2020 / TOKYO 2020 - Shugo Takemi
(L to R) John Coates and Yoshiro Mori, head of Tokyo 2020 / TOKYO 2020 - Shugo Takemi

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission, led by Chair John Coates and Deputy Chair Alex Gilady, has just completed the second two-day visit to Tokyo and in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 sustainability has become an even higher priority.

The IOC was pleased with Tokyo's progress however they are closely fine-tuning the venue master plan to make sure the investments in infrastructure to host the Games are the most cost effective as possible. 

Yesterday IOC President Thomas Bach released his 40 point recommendations for the future the Olympic Movement and one of the highest priorities is the sustainability of the venues and the utilization of existing facilities in order to contain the construction costs.

“Tokyo continues to make solid progress on its road to 2020," said Coates. "Under the leadership of President Mori and with the support of its government partners and civil society, particularly in the form of its “best of Japan” Advisory Meeting, Tokyo 2020 is laying the foundations of outstanding Olympic Games for the athletes and the fans.”

“We were also reassured by the close working relationships that Tokyo has been building with the International Federations, and are confident that the venue master plan review will deliver even more sustainable Games in 2020,” he confirmed.

Tokyo won the right to host of the Olympic Games in September of last year but the IOC is working with the international federations and the organizing committee to find the best use possible for certain venues in question.  They're looking for some alternative locations but the final decision remains and with the affiliated international federation and with the approval of the IOC executive board.

Currently they are studying changes with the basketball, badminton, triathlon and sailing venues among others.

Yoshiro Mori, President of The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said, “The second IOC –Tokyo 2020 Project Review was held over a two-day period, and I am delighted that together we were able to hold a series of intensive and extremely productive discussions.

"Our discussions included a wide range of items, including a review of the Games venue plans, the Games vision, personnel management and commercial matters. We are extremely grateful for the valuable advice offered by Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, Mr John Coates, and all members of the IOC delegation. We will of course be incorporating this advice into the formulation of our Games Foundation Plan.”

“I would like to reiterate my fullest assurance that all members of our All-Japan team, made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society, are determined to exert our utmost efforts to ensure the delivery of successful 2020 Games.”

Kyodo News reports that Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said that three of the 10 venues proposed for construction — including the stadiums for basketball, badminton and sailing in Saitama Prefecture — will be scrapped.

Another very important point in the process of preparations for the Olympics is that the marketing plan agreement has now been signed and Tokyo 2020 is officially open for business.

While the delegation was in town they also attended an event run by IOC TOP partner GE which focused on delivering the best legacy for the Tokyo 2020 Games and for the country.


Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Olympics · Coordination Commission · John Coates · Yoshiro Mori · Alex Gilady · Yoichi Masuzoe


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