POSTED: June 9th 2015

Olympics: IOC Executive Board has confirmed venue locations for eight more sports for Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori met the media in the foyer of the IOC to give details © SFC
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori met the media in the foyer of the IOC to give details © SFC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Tokyo 2020 venue locations for another eight sports have been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB). The decision marks the second major step for the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee in their venue master plan. The plan follows the IOC's Evaluation Commission's recommendations and Olympic Agenda 2020. After close collaboration with the relevant International Federations and in line with Tokyo 2020's Games vision, Tokyo 2020 developed the venue proposals. An estimated 700 million USD is expected to be saved from the revised Tokyo 2020 construction budget.

The sports of badminton, wrestling, fencing, aquatics, sailing, taekwondo, triathlon, and rugby venues are all now confirmed. The original bid locations for triathlon and all the aquatics disciplines, except for water polo. Water polo will be moved to the existing Tatsumi International Swimming Centre. Other sports will also use existing venues. The Makuhari Messe will hold taekwondo, wrestling, and fencing. Rugby will be moved to the Tokyo Stadium while sailing will take place at the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, a 1964 Games legacy venue. Lastly, the Musashino Forest Sports Centre will host badminton. The Musashino Forest Sports Centre is currently under construction and is already set to host the modern pentathlon events.

The IOC EB's confirmation comes after the EB's previous agreement at their last meeting to move three venues and the approval of 17 sports in their original bid locations. The total number of games with confirmed venues is now at 26. An approximate 1.7 billion USD has been saved from the revised Tokyo 2020 construction budget, due to the two IOC EB decisions.

Tokyo 2020's venue master plan review has been carried out by the International Federations and Tokyo 2020 to keep with the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020. The agenda encourages host cities to use temporary and existing venues to reduce cost. The plan also follows the "athletes first" concept for the 2020 Games. The new site moves make sure that Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village remains at the heart of the Games spiritually and geographically. While also engaging the Greater Tokyo population in the staging of the Games and reducing venue costs.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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