IOC executive unhappy with venue review

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — An executive of the International Olympic Committee has expressed displeasure with a proposal by a Tokyo metropolitan government-appointed panel for a drastic review of three planned competition venues for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to informed sources.

The executive, John Coates, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Olympics, attended a video conference on Friday with Toshiro Muto, director-general of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Takashi Yamamoto, deputy governor of Tokyo.

Coates opposed the panel’s proposal to use an existing facility in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, for rowing and canoe sprint, instead of constructing a new facility in the Tokyo Bay area under the current plan, because the athlete’s village would need to be divided, the sources said.Speech

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