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New volleyball arena likely for ’20 Games

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is considering building a new facility called Ariake Arena in Tokyo’s Koto Ward, as initially planned, as a venue for volleyball matches for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, sources said Wednesday.

An alternative idea of using Yokohama Arena, an existing facility in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, for volleyball for the quadrennial event is likely to be dropped after failing to win support from related athletic organizations in and outside Japan and from the Yokohama city government, the sources said.

Koike is expected to announce her decision shortly, before a meeting seen to be held on Dec. 21 among the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Japanese government, the sources said.

At a meeting on Nov. 29, the four parties put off the choice between Ariake Arena and Yokohama Arena for volleyball until around Dec. 25 as Koike has been in favor of using existing facilities as competition venues for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Koike is now aiming to reduce the costs to set up Ariake Arena from the current ¥40.4 billion to ¥33.9 billion and enable the new facility to continue making profits after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including through selling the right to operate it to the private sector.

She is also expected to highlight her policy of further curbing the costs for the 2020 Games from the maximum estimated ¥2 trillion.

At the Nov. 29 meeting, the four parties decided to build new facilities as initially planned for rowing and canoe sprint events, and swimming for the 2020 Games while trimming costs.Speech

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