Tokyo shows options for Olympic venues

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday presented proposals for possible venue changes for some sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in a bid to cut costs.

In the final report by its research team, the metropolitan government put forward two candidates for the rowing and canoe sprint venue — the currently planned Sea Forest Waterway to be built in a Tokyo Bay area and the Naganuma boat park in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture.

On the volleyball venue, the report calls for building the currently envisaged Ariake Arena in Tokyo after cutting the planned costs from ¥40.4 billion or changing the venue to the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Also on Tuesday, a four-party task force started its three-day meeting in Tokyo to discuss ways to cut costs for the 2020 Games. The team is made up of central and metropolitan government officials and members of the Tokyo Games organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee.

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After a meeting of the headquarters for the metropolitan government’s reforms, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike told reporters that the proposals by the research team will be submitted to the task force. Koike said she aims to reach a conclusion on the revenue review issue by the end of this month.

The review also covers the swimming venue.

The final report proposed a plan to reduce the number of audience seats for the planned Olympic Aquatics Center, whose construction costs are estimated at ¥68.3 billion, from 20,000 to 15,000.

If planned work to reduce the seats after the 2020 Games is canceled, overall costs for the center can be lowered by over ¥10 billion, the report said.

Under the current plans, the three venues in the Tokyo Bay area will have permanent facilities usable after the 2020 Games. The research team examined the three to check construction costs and the future use after the 2020 events.

The final report included three options for the rowing and canoe sprint venue — build the Sea Forest Waterway as a permanent facility, as a temporary facility or utilize the Naganuma boat park.Speech

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