Tokyo Bay, Miyagi likely rowing candidates

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A Tokyo metropolitan government team investigating the costs for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics is considering narrowing down the candidate competition venues for rowing and canoeing events to a Tokyo Bay site and the Naganuma boat park in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, officials of the team said Thursday.

For the Tokyo Bay site option, there are two ideas — constructing permanent facilities at reduced costs and setting up temporary facilities that will be removed after the 2020 Games — according to the officials.

Saiko, a lake in Toda, Saitama Prefecture, had also been seen as a candidate.

But the team now believes that it will be difficult to use Saiko because it serves as a retention basin of the land ministry, the officials said.

The Tokyo Bay site was the original candidate venue for the rowing and canoeing events for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. But the team is reviewing the venue plans for the water sports and some other sports to reduce costs.

Late last month, the team estimated that the total costs for holding the 2020 Games would top ¥3 trillion, far larger than the earlier projected ¥734 billion.

Shinichi Ueyama, head of the team, told reporters on Thursday that there seems to be no opposition to a proposal for the metropolitan government to bear about ¥100 billion to ¥150 billion of costs for temporary Olympic and Paralympic facilities that will be constructed in Tokyo.

This will therefore likely be included in the metropolitan government’s final policy, he said.

Originally, the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Games was slated to shoulder all costs for temporary facilities. With the costs seen ballooning to around ¥280 billion from the previously projected ¥80 billion, however, the investigation team is now finding it difficult for the organizing committee to fully cover the expenses.Speech

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