Miyagi Pref. puts Olympic rowing venue cost at ¥20 bil.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, and Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai, second from right, inspect Naganuma Boat Park in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday.

Jiji Press TOME, Miyagi (Jiji Press) — Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai on Saturday said his prefecture will need only ¥15 billion to ¥20 billion to prepare a venue for the rowing and canoe sprint events in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The cost to prepare the venue at Miyagi Prefectural Naganuma Boat Park in the city of Tome would be far lower than the Tokyo metropolitan government’s projection of ¥35.1 billion, according to Murai’s estimate.

Murai conveyed the estimate to visiting Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. Murai took Koike on a tour of the boat course, an alternative to the currently planned rowing and canoe venue to be built in Tokyo Bay that a metropolitan government panel proposed to help cut the costs of the 2020 Games. “I’m sure the good aspects of the Naganuma course have made an impression on governor Koike,” Murai told reporters after the tour.

Meanwhile, Koike said highlighting reconstruction efforts in areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, including Miyagi, through the Olympics and Paralympics would send “a very powerful message” to the world.

“I can see that everyone here are full of expectations,” she said.

Koike also visited temporary housing for disaster-affected people that is currently being refurbished in anticipation of their possible use as accommodation for athletes.

Miyagi is ready to cover most of the additional costs to prepare the proposed rowing and canoe venue, Murai said, adding the prefecture can also resolve the problems pointed out by the organizing committee for the 2020 Games, such as the need to make related facilities accessible by Paralympic athletes.

After having talks with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach as early as Tuesday, Koike expects to draw a conclusion on the rowing and canoe venue by the end of October.Speech

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