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A groundbreaking ceremony has been held in Tokyo at the site of the $1.5 billion national stadium that will host the 2020 Olympic Games.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries attended the event on Sunday at the site of the demolished national stadium that was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

The ceremony ended with a video showing how the stadium is expected to look and function once completed by November 2019.

The opening and closing ceremonies and athletics competitions are due to take place in the stadium at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as yet-to-be-confirmed Olympic football matches.

The new stadium, designed by architect Kengo Kuma replaced a controversial design by the late Zaha Hadid, costs of which had soared to $2.5 billion.

Abe said:

When we scrapped the original plan last July, I vowed to make the new venue be one that will be celebrated by the people and athletes, a place that can generate dreams and inspiration.

The new image of the stadium will realise an athlete first policy with the best universal design in the world and some Japanese flavour.

I am very confident that this can be the stronghold of sport and culture for the new era.

The new stadium structure will use Japanese-grown larch in its wood and steel composite roof and prefabricated panels to help keep costs down.

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The Olympic Flag landed at Tokyo’s Haneda airport earlier this week, after having travelled more than 18,000km from the 2016 Olympic city of Rio to the Japanese capital. The flag was handed over by Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike at the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games on August 21 at the Maracanã Stadium.

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Bill Sweeney, CEO at the British Olympic Association (BOA), is the latest high-ranking industry professional to confirm as a speaker for next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, where he will deliver the Closing Keynote.

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Just days after Tokyo 2020 celebrated four years until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (which will take place on July 24, 2020), Mr Toshiro Muto, Chief Executive Officer for Tokyo 2020, confirmed as a speaker for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event being held at the Yokohama Arena in Japan, September 26-28.

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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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The ‘best ever’ Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific Preliminary Conference Program has been unveiled this week, with a stunning array of industry-elite speakers to share their invaluable insights during the 2.5 day event.

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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have announced the Tokyo 2020 Live Site Programme ‘Rio to Tokyo’ that will take place during the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and across Japan, as a foretaste of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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Tokyo 2020 today unveiled the official emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, “Harmonized Chequered Emblems”. The design was highly acclaimed by the public and the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee for exemplifying Japan and the city of Tokyo, and for its representation of the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Vision.

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed Polytan as an official Global Supplier, guaranteeing them exclusive rights, including the supply of the turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The seven-year partnership, with an option for a two-year extension to incorporate the 2024 Olympic Games, represents a major leap for the FIH and is proof that the Hockey Revolution strategy provides hockey’s partners with real business opportunities.

This relationship signifies a major increase in the commercial value of hockey. As well as a significant investment, the agreement includes the provision of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 men’s and women’s Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. One of the key features will be the creation of an FIH Hockey World Cup turf that will add value to Polytan’s product range and build brand equity for FIH.

The FIH will also actively support Polytan’s business in key growth markets such as India and China, and traditional hockey markets in Europe. Additionally, Polytan will be provided with a customised set of visibility, marketing and networking opportunities that are all designed to actively create new business.

Speaking about this news, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said:

We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, an organisation that has built a solid foundation of trust having delivered a number of world-class hockey turfs over the years, including at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic venues. Being named as our Global Supplier is recognition of both their continued investment in our sport and their innovative approach to developing top quality surfaces to play hockey on.

FIH President, Leandro Negre added:

Polytan’s commitment to hockey and growing the game, along with their professional approach and renowned quality ensured this was the perfect match for both organisations. We look forward to working with them to build hockey over the coming years through their commitment to and engagement in our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup (owners of Polytan) commented:

This relationship is incredibly important for the future of hockey, a sport which we firmly believe in. That’s why we have done everything in our power to develop class-leading products to enable us to become a strong partner that FIH can trust.

This has involved a considerable amount of investment which has seen our experts draw upon the knowledge of FIH and seek practical input from the sport’s leading athletes. This shows just how passionate we are about providing the best for our customers – something that will be recognised by the sport as we continue to work with FIH to develop hockey over the coming years as part of our relationship.

This latest partnership follows last year’s launch of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development. For more information about this programme, visit the Hockey Turf section of the FIH website by clicking here.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Main photo: Stephen Niven, CEO Sport Group Asia Pacific with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.