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IOC exec: Alternative venues not ruled out

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Alternative venues that have been proposed to trim the costs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are still retained as options, a visiting International Olympic Committee executive said Thursday.

Christophe Dubi, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, made the remark after the end of a three-day meeting of a four-party working group on Tokyo Games cost cuts among the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee and the Tokyo metropolitan and central governments.

He was speaking about proposals by an expert panel of the metropolitan government to change the rowing and canoe sprint venue to the Naganuma boat park in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, and the volleyball venue to the Yokohama Arena.

The four-party group held discussions in various fields, including security, energy and transportation, during the closed-door sessions from Tuesday, informed sources said.

After expressing his satisfaction with the discussions, Dubi said IOC Vice President John Coates will visit Japan in late November for talks with top-level officials of the other three parties to reach a conclusion on the venue issue.

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