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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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Export to Japan, in association with UKT&I/UKTI Tokyo, have launched a Global Sports Events report detailing Japan’s progress on the road to Tokyo 2020 and provides details on the latest updates on business opportunities for British companies in this sector. 

This is the second Global Sports Event Webinar that UKT&I Tokyo and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have hosted to date. NB: Only UKT&I and BCCJ members are allowed access to this webinar and the downloadable version of the report.

Since Export to Japan’s first webinar, Japan’s biggest achievements have included the completion of the venue planning and agreement of events with the IOC and the IPC.

The industry expert speakers introduce the Global Sports Event report on Tokyo 2020 and RWC 2019, which follows on from the previous report released last year.

They also discuss the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Olympics & Paralympics’ Action Plan, which will be soon available on Export to Japan.

About the Speaker

Tim Johnson, Head of Global Sporting Events and Strategic Trade at UKTI Japan hosts the guest speaker, Graham Davis, of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, who provides his expertise and discusses business opportunities for British companies as Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 draw ever closer.

Benefits of Watching 

UK companies are eligible to receive an executive summary of the Global Sports Event report and TMG Action Plan via the webinar, and receive the latest updates on planning and progress.

They will also be able to learn about opportunities that might exist for UK companies in the supply chain, how the new National Sponsors could be involved in Tokyo 2020 and the ways in which this may be of interest to UK companies.

About the Report

Three major global sporting events are set to take place in Japan over the coming years. This report sets the scene for British companies who may be interested in becoming involved in the delivery of these events.

It also gives a detailed explanation of the major global sporting events that will be hosted in Japan over the next few years.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction
  • Three Events
  • 2020 Olympics background
  • Timetable to the Olympics
  • Insight into Business Opportunities for UK companies
  • Tokyo 2020 – the view from LOCOG
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 background
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 – the organiser’s view
  • About the BCCJ, their partners and contacts

Updates to this report will delve more deeply into top level areas of opportunities for British businesses.

About the BCCJ

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s mission is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all their members, and actively encourage new British business into the Japanese market, as well as Japanese investment into the UK.

The BCCJ works closely with the UKT&I Tokyo in order to achieve this goal.

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If Asia Pacific is a region you are interested in or is a region you are already working in and would like to secure more leads/clients/distributors etc., then you need to attend our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference & exhibition – as mentioned during the above Global Sports Events Report’s webinar – which is being held at Japan’s Yokohama Arena from September 26-28.

Now in its 18th year, the event brings together the industry leaders from all aspects of sporting events and sports venues, from design & build, to management, operations and technology.

Some 50+ top industry professionals, from architects, engineers, sports venue owners/operators, LOC’s, government/council representatives and producers/suppliers, will share their insights over the 3-day event, during which you can network, learn, knowledge-share and do business.

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Inside the Games has reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), which will allow Team GB to use Japanese sports facilities during the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The agreement was also signed by the Yokahama and Kawasaki City Governments, as well as Keio University, and covers the provision of and access to facilities for the BOA.

Following the MoU, the BOA will be able to use facilities at Keio Hiyoshi Campus and Todoroki Stadium, as well as the Yokohama International Swimming Pool, for their pre-Games training.

Sebastien Coe, BOA President, said:

We are pleased that we have been able to partner with two great cities in Yokohama and Kawasaki, which will provide Team GB athletes with outstanding sporting facilities at Keio University, the International Swimming Pool and Todoroki Stadium.

We look forward to building further collaboration using sport as the instrument for positive social change.

Japan has made an immeasurable contribution to the Olympic Movement.

Tokyo 1964, Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998 provided the stage for some of the most memorable Olympic moments.

Tokyo 2020 will continue that rich history and will be a showcase to the world of iconic sport and culture.

The MoU was signed at the Ajinomoto National Training Centre, a state-of-the-art training facility used by Japan’s top athletes.

Coe, who is also President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), was joined by JOC President Tsnuekazu Takeda to confirm the agreement.

Takeda said:

I am very delighted to celebrate the signing of the MoU among the parties, the British Olympic Association, Yokohama City, Kawasaki City and the Japanese Olympic Committee in terms of the BOA training camp for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

We believe that the usage of the facilities of Yokohama City, Kawasaki City and Keio University by Team GB during the training camp will make it possible to create exchanges with the citizens and young people of both cities and university students.

In addition, we strongly feel that this MoU will further deepen the cordial relationship between the BOA and the JOC.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9.


Image courtesy: Tokyo 2020




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The Japan Sport Council unveiled two new stadium designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday, which blend in with the greenery-rich Yoyogi area and come in on budget.

Speaking about the technical proposals on the Council’s website, architect and critic, Takashi Moriyama, said:

Both designs use wood in their construction materials, and I think that’s an interesting aspect.

I think the idea of using wood in large structures may globally impact architecture.

The two new designs, which are apparently both by Japanese firms, are simply referred to as ‘Design A’ (top image) and ‘B’ (bottom rendering). The companies responsible for these designs have not yet been disclosed.

Design ‘A’ features outside walls embellished with plants in multiple layers, while design ‘B’ is notable in that it dispenses with walls around its oval outline, which is formed by 72 wooden pillars.

Both designs have a construction budget of ¥153bn (US$1.26bn, €1.14bn, £832m), putting them within the Council’s ¥155bn (US$1.28bn, €1.16bn, £848m) budget.

The design tender was opened in September and closed on November 16. The two proposals will now undergo screening by an expert panel and checks by relevant Cabinet ministers, with the final selection to be made by the end of the year.

Construction of the new stadium was originally planned to start at the end of this year, with completion slated for spring 2019, ready to host the Final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which will now instead take place at Yokohama Stadium. However, the new stadium will be ready in time to host the 2020 Olympics.


Image courtesy: Japan Sport Council


After months of dispute over the cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics, the central and metropolitan governments reached a deal Tuesday in which Tokyo will shoulder ¥39.5 billion of the estimated ¥158.1 billion construction cost, as reported by The Japan Times.

Following talks between Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, Olympics Minister, Toshiaki Endo, and Sports and Education Minister, Hiroshi Hase, Endo said the central government will foot half the bill for the new National Stadium and related construction work, and that it had asked Tokyo and the Japan Sport Council (JSC), which is overseeing the project, to cover the rest.

Masuzoe accepted the proposal, saying the figure was a result of marathon discussions between the metropolitan and central governments.

“As the governor of the city to host the Olympic competition in 2020, I would like to accept the budget plan,” Masuzoe said, adding that the stadium will remain a legacy of the event and bring long-term advantages for Tokyo residents.

In May, former Sports and Education Minister, Hakubun Shimomura, asked the metropolitan government to pay about ¥50 billion of the estimated ¥150 billion needed to build the stadium under its original design.

Masuzoe angrily turned down the request and lashed out at the central government for mismanaging the project.

Two months later, the JSC revealed the stadium cost had ballooned to ¥252 billion from the initial ¥130 billion, and blamed difficulties in following the design blueprint proposed by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

Amid the public backlash, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe days later pulled the plug on the project and ordered the design process to be restarted.

Shimomura stepped down as Sports Minister to take responsibility for the debacle, with Hase assuming the post in a Cabinet reshuffle in October.

Masuzoe said Tuesday the next step will be to get feedback on the cost from Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly members and residents.


Image: Sports and Education Minister, Hiroshi Hase (left), Tokyo Governor, Yoichi Masuzoe (centre) and Olympics Minister, Toshiaki Endo, demonstrate their solidarity for the cameras Tuesday after striking a cost-sharing deal on the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics. | KYODO

Piece by The Japan Time’s Staff Writer,

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The Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee has launched a design competition for the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games emblems. The competition is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications, and individual or group applications are welcomed.

Individual competition entries are invited from Japanese nationals over 18-years-old and foreign nationals over 18-years-old, with the right of residence in Japan. Children and foreigners not resident in Japan can also take part via the group entries system (10 persons max.), as long as at least one person meets the above age, nationality and residential requirements.

Applications can be submitted online from Tuesday 24 November to Monday 7 December 2015 through a website to be publicly announced at a later date. An official announcement of the winning entry is scheduled for spring 2016.

The entry selected by the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee will be forwarded to the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board for final approval. The winning entry will receive an official invitation to attend the opening ceremonies of both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The emblems should seek to symbolise the fact that the 2020 Games are being held in Tokyo and Japan, and elicit empathy with people across the world. The designs should endeavour to have widespread appeal before, during and long after the Games are over.

Tokyo 2020 would like all applicants to give full rein to their imagination and creativity, and incorporate one or more of the following key concepts into their design of new Games emblems: The Power of Sport; Typifying Tokyo and/or Japan; World Peace; Exerting the utmost efforts and striving to achieve a Personal Best; Inclusivity; Innovation and Futuristic; Regeneration (ability to recover from the 2011 disaster).

Further information can be found online at:

It has been confirmed that the 72,000-capacity Yokohama Stadium, which hosted the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup, will now stage the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby had been forced to revise its plans for the first Rugby World Cup in Asia after the design of the new Japan National Stadium, which was to be the showpiece of the 2019 tournament as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was scrapped in July.

The Japanese Government has subsequently advised that the new redesigned stadium will be built in time for the Olympics, but not for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

A statement from World Rugby advised:

World Rugby’s executive committee is satisfied that the revised vision proposed by the Japan Rugby 2019 organising committee, with the full support of the Japan Government, meets the required criteria.

Japan caught World Rugby off guard in July when they announced that the proposed new 80,000-seat National Stadium – the centrepiece of the 2020 Olympic Games – wouldn’t be completed in time to host matches during the first Rugby World Cup in Asia.

The venue, whose original design was scrapped by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, because of escalating costs, was also due to host the tournament’s opening ceremony and match.

World Rugby said that the 50,000-seat Tokyo Stadium, home to the local football club FC Tokyo, would now take the opening honour, while announcing a new roadmap with local organisers after a complete review of the plan.

Introducing the new venues, World Rugby Chairman, Bernard Lapasset stated:

These are exciting, unprecedented times for Japan Rugby and this revised roadmap reinforces and reflects the shared vision and mission to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will be great for Japan, great for Asia and great for Rugby.

We would like to thank our partners in Japan for their committed response to the stadium issue and all of the work they have undertaken, and in particular the Prime Minister of Japan and his government, Japan Sports Council and the Governor of Tokyo and Mayor of Yokohama for their full support.

The tone of satisfaction was in stark contrast to the body’s feelings in July, when it requested urgent talks after Prime Minister Abe, tired of the rising costs and public outcry against the National Stadium plans, ordered a scaled back version.

Image: Yokohama Stadium was the host of the 2002 Football World Cup final.

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Zaha Hadid called it ‘a scandal’ and the Japanese Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura tendered his resignation when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested the New National Stadium project go back to the drawing board. Hadid’s design, which won the international architecture competition, and the sports minister, both became victims of what an investigative panel has found to be ‘an incompetent organisational structure’.

Yomiuri Shimbun reported:

The results of interviews conducted by a third-party panel probing the failure of the initial plan for the new National Stadium suggest a lack of risk awareness and a disdainful attitude toward information disclosure among leaders of the Japan Sport Council (JSC) and the sports ministry.

The panel, which was commissioned by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry, compiled a report that concluded the reason for the failure of the project lies with an incompetent organisational structure that is incapable of handling a project of this scale.

A main problem has been the JSC’s inability to pin down costs. General contractors reported the total construction cost estimate to be ¥308.8 billion, the joint ventures in charge of design put their estimate at ¥211.2 billion, against an initially estimated cost of ¥162.5 billion.

The new stadium was due to host the Rugby World Cup Final in 2019 but World Rugby provided the JSC with some extra breathing space to get back on track when last week it accepted an offer that  Yokohama Stadium (pictured in Tokyo Stadium 2020 mode) will replace the new National Stadium among the 12 venues and will host both the opening ceremony and opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Rugby President, Bernard Lapasset, said:

These are exciting, unprecedented times for Japan Rugby and this revised roadmap reinforces and reflects the shared vision and mission to deliver a Rugby World Cup that will be great for Japan, great for Asia and great for Rugby. 

2019 Rugby World Cup organisation’s Chief Executive, Akira Shimazu, said:

This revised plan is an exciting blueprint for success and we are confident that Rugby World Cup 2019 will be very special tournament for Japan and global rugby.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today announced it has selected the membership of a preliminary committee to initiate a Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee.

Ryohei Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of the Arts, is appointed to head the preliminary committee. The other five members are Ai Sugiyama, former tennis professional player and TV sports commentator; Keiichi Tadaki, lawyer and former Prosecutor General; Takeshi Natsuno, guest professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University; Mari Christine, inter-cultural communications specialist and media personality; and Hiroshi Yamamoto, professor at the Faculty of Sports and Health Studies of Hosei University, former NHK announcer and commentator.

Mr Miyata said:

There is a great deal of interest among the general public about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems. My appointment as chair of the preliminary committee that will pave the way for the creation of new Games emblems brings with it a heavy responsibility, however, it is also a tremendous honour. To ensure the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is essential that we actively engage as many people as possible. We will exert our utmost efforts towards the selection of emblems that the people of Japan can be proud of, and that will inspire excitement and passion throughout the whole of the country.

The preliminary committee will select the membership of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee (provisional name), examine the issues surrounding the withdrawal of the previous Games emblems, and based on its findings will formulate a basic policy for the selection of new Tokyo 2020 Games emblems.

The first meeting of the preliminary committee will take place on Friday 18 September 2015.

It has been announced that Nikken Sekkei is to team up with Zaha Hadid Architects to submit a proposal for Japan’s New National Stadium design & build competition.

A representative from Nikken Sekkei said:

On 1 September, the New National Stadium’s new Design and Build competition was announced with a much shorter design and construction schedule. While the new selection criteria and scoring system places greater emphasis on costs and construction term, it also requires the delivery of a stadium that is celebrated not only by all Japanese, but also all athletes, spectators and people around the world. Therefore the highest standards of architectural planning and design are essential, in addition to the detailed considerations of the stadium’s cost and construction delivery schedule.

From May 2013, Nikken Sekkei, the leading architecture and engineering company in Japan, worked on the New National Stadium as part of the design joint venture (comprising Nikken Sekkei, Azusa Sekkei, Nihon Sekkei, and Ove Arup & Partners Japan, where Nikken led the team and was also responsible for the structural engineering design). This team completed the Framework Design, Schematic Design and detailed Design Development stages of the Stadium project, working with Zaha Hadid Architects as Design Supervisor at each stage.

During this design process, the team has spent a tremendous amount of time on a very comprehensive analysis of the unique characteristics of this sensitive site, as well as the most efficient planning for athletes, spectators and the Stadium’s long-term management operations. Detailed plans to optimize safety, comfort, and integration with surrounding natural environment, have been fully developed, which include in-depth discussions with all local authorities; resulting in over 4,000 drawings of detailed Design Development. It is technically ready to start construction.

We believe the best way to respond to the new brief is to maximize the use of the expertise gained by the design team over the past two years. Our company is certain that retaining the team of Design Supervisor and Designers can deliver the best National Stadium and we have invited Zaha Hadid Architects to join the design team. Applying this knowledge and experience of the project, this team can further develop the design to the new brief as a cost-effective proposal to realize the world’s best National Stadium. 

 A representative from Zaha Hadid said:

Our team in Japan and the UK have worked closely with Nikken Sekkei to develop a design for the New National Stadium for Japan that meets the Government’s core principles and it is an honour to be invited by Nikken Sekkei to progress the design together to the revised technical brief.

Building on the two years of work and knowledge in which the Japanese people have invested, Zaha Hadid Architects and Nikken Sekkei are able to quickly develop a comprehensive, fully costed design and, in partnership with a committed construction contractor, the most cost-effective delivery plan that ensures the New National Stadium is ready in good time for the preparations ahead of Tokyo 2020.


A short summary of the video presentation of the existing design can be downloaded at: (Japanese version) and at: (English version)

The Japanese government has signed off on plans to slash the construction costs for the country’s new national stadium, the centrepiece of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, by more than a third, from Y265.1bn (GBP£1.35bn) to Y155bn (€1.16bn/$1.28bn).

The stadium will now have a capacity of 68,000 (rather than the 72,000 as orginally planned); making it large enough to host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, said lawmakers and officials, who declined to be named because an official agreement has yet to be made.

The government scrapped the original plans due to a public outcry over the cost of the venue.

The process to identify the designers and builders for the new stadium will start next month, with the winners of the tenders due to be announced before the end of this year.

The revised plans do not include air conditioning in spectator areas or a roof, although there will still be covered seats. The 68,000-capacity is 4,000 less than the original proposals, however there will be the option of adding a further 12,000 seats in the future, should Tokyo be successful in a bid for the FIFA World Cup.

“We have in principle limited the functions of the facility to those necessary for competition under the concept of athlete-first, while keeping the level of the facility suitable as a main stadium for Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of ministers today. “As a result, we have managed to achieve a major cost reduction of more than Y100bn.”

Image: A computer-generated image of Tokyo’s planned new Olympic Stadium, as seen on the 2020 Games’ official website. Courtesy: Tokyo 2020.
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Zaha Hadid Architects have released the following statement on the new Japan National Stadium:

“Our teams in Japan and the UK feel it is necessary to set the record straight on the Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) design for the new National Stadium for Japan, which has been developed to the client’s brief and budget. It is also only right that the Japanese people are fully aware of the reasons for the reported budget increase and, with exactly five years to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games, the risks involved with delaying the design process and start of construction.

In 2012, ZHA was selected by a jury of architects and other experts in an international competition of 46 entries to design a new National Stadium for Japan, which would be ready to welcome the world to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Games. We were attracted to the competition by Japan’s vision for a new National Stadium that was designed with the flexibility to open with these two great events and go on to host national, international, local and community sport and cultural events for the next 50 to 100 years.

The design was developed by a joint venture of leading Japanese design offices led by Nikken Sekkei, with ZHA supervising the design development. The team dedicated thousands of hours to develop a design for a new National Stadium to the brief, requirements and budget of our client, the Japan Sport Council (JSC). At every stage over the two years of development, the design and budget estimates were approved by the JSC. ZHA worked proactively to reduce the estimated cost throughout.

For the first time in the construction of a public building in Japan, a two-stage tender process was used, in which contractors are appointed before being invited to submit cost estimates. As ZHA has considerable experience in this process we advised the JSC that working to an immovable completion deadline, against a backdrop of rocketing annual increases in the cost of building in Tokyo, and in the absence of any international competition, the early selection of a limited number of construction contractors would not lead to a commercially competitive process.

Our warning was not heeded that selecting contractors too early in a heated construction market and without sufficient competition would lead to an overly high estimate of the cost of construction.

ZHA also proposed to the JSC that, in this uncompetitive context, reductions to the client’s brief for the stadium, architectural specification and contractor costs would achieve a lower construction price. ZHA has always been prepared to work with the JSC to produce a lower cost design at any time. The budget and design was approved by the Government on 7th July and there was no subsequent request to design a lower cost stadium.

In response to the high costs quoted by the construction contractors, ZHA and all of the design team worked hard with the JSC to ensure the developing design was delivered to the brief and budget, coming up with many cost-saving initiatives including further changes to the design. We also provided objective guidance on the standard materials and building techniques required to build the Stadium. In our experience the best way to deliver high-quality and cost-effective projects is for the selected designers to work in collaboration with the construction contractor and client as a single team with a single aim. However, we were not permitted to work with the construction contractors, again increasing the risk of unnecessarily high cost estimates and delays in completion.

On 7th July, a JSC report to the Stadium advisory committee, using figures provided by the appointed construction contractors, incorrectly claimed that the design was responsible for most of the increase in budget. ZHA was not informed in advance of this announcement and we immediately contested this incorrect claim with the JSC. Commentary of the report focused on the steel arches within the design. These arches are not complex and use standard bridge building technology to support the lightweight and strong polymer membrane roof to cover all spectator seats, in addition to supporting the high-specification lighting and services that will enable the Stadium to host many international competitions and events in the future.

The arched roof structure is as efficient as many other major stadia in Japan and the arches allowthe roof to be constructed in parallel with the stadium seating bowl, saving crucial construction time in comparison to a roof supported from the seating bowl, which can only be built after the bowl has been completed. The design and engineering teams in Japan confirmed the arches supporting the roof should cost 23 billion yen (less than 10% of the approved budget).

The increase in estimated budget reported by the JSC is in fact due to the inflated costs of construction in Tokyo, a restricted and an uncompetitive approach to appointing construction contractors and a restriction on collaboration between the design team and appointed construction contractors, not the design.

The current building boom in Tokyo increasing construction demand, a limited labour supply and the yen’s significant drop in value greatly increasing the price of imported raw materials have all contributed to Tokyo’s construction costs growing dramatically since 2012/2013 when the new National Stadium project was first announced and Tokyo was awarded the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Between July 2013 and July 2015, Tokyo construction costs increased by an average of 25% and are forecast to increase at a similar rate for the next four years.

Starting the design process again does not tackle any of the fundamental issues that have led to an increased estimate in budget for the National Stadium, which could in fact become even more problematic due to the significant further delay in starting building. Construction costs will continue to rise towards the immovable deadline of the Tokyo 2020 Games Opening Ceremony in exactly five years.

In addition to increasing design and construction costs, due to the rising cost of building in Tokyo, further delays and a rushed design process, led by a construction contractor, risk producing a lower standard National Stadium with limited future usage. Other examples around the world show us that a lower quality stadium could require substantial further investment to be converted for long-term use after 2020, when construction costs will be even higher.

The public, Government and design team have invested in a design that can be delivered through a more competitive procurement process and collaborative approach from construction contractors, within the budget now proposed by the Government and in time to host the Rugby 2019 World Cup.

We have always been, and still are, prepared to use the expertise and knowledge that has been developed to work with the JSC to produce a lower cost design to a change in specification.

Ten days after receiving formal approval of the design, ZHA learned through news reports of the cancellation of the commitment to deliver the approved design for the new National Stadium and commitment for the venue to be ready in time to host the Rugby World Cup 2019. Subsequently, we received a brief official notification from the Japan Sport Council of their cancellation of the contract to design the New National Stadium in Tokyo.

ZHA remain committed to a flexible and cost-effective new National Stadium that would be ready to welcome the world to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and become a new home for sport in Japan for many generations to come. The Japanese people, Government and design teams in Japan and the UK have invested a huge amount of time, effort and resources to deliver an adaptable design that can meet the brief and budget set by the Government for a new National Stadium.

To reduce the risk of further increases in costs, the venue not being ready in time for the Tokyo 2020 Games and being of lower quality, the Prime Minister’s review should build on the investment in the detailed design knowledge already established and focus on the need for construction contractors to work in partnership with this expert team.

We have written to the Prime Minister to offer our services to support his review of the project with the current design team. ZHA has also outlined how making use of the significant investment in detailed design work already carried out offers the most cost-effective solution to create the best new National Stadium for the people of Japan for the next 50-100 years.

In the coming weeks we also plan to share, in Japan and across the international design community, the many innovative solutions achieved through the years of work and investment that has gone into the design for the National Stadium.” – Zaha Hadid Architects.


According to a report on the Mail Online today, the official tasked with overseeing construction of Japan’s new National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2020 Summer Olympics, is set to resign after plans for the arena were scrapped amid an outcry over soaring costs.

The stadium is set to host track and field events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Officials have said the stadium’s original design, by U.K.-based Zaha Hadid, helped Tokyo win the hosting rights in 2013.

However, with the estimated cost climbing to US$2.1bn, almost twice that expected, there has been a backlash in a country still rebuilding from the massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 20,000 dead.

A competition to choose a new design is set for this autumn/fall, with a decision made and plans due in by the end of the year, though Japan’s Olympics Minister admitted last week nothing had been decided with regard to stadium specifics or cost.

Construction is set to start early next year and finish in the spring of 2020, with the opening ceremony set for July 24. Obviously this plan would leave Japan short of a centrepiece venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which has understandly angered World Rugby.


Image: Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

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Tokyo 2020 unveils official emblems of Olympic & Paralympic Games

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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee held an event last week to unveil the official emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020’s Games Vision was further manifested as the emblems capture its core essence.

The Organising Committee’s press release confirmed “When the world comes together for Tokyo 2020, we will experience the joy of uniting as one team. By accepting everyone in the world as equals, we will learn the full meaning of coming together as one. The Tokyo 2020 emblems were created to symbolise the power of this unity.”

In terms of the meaning behind the logos, the black colour of the central column represents diversity, the combination of all colours. The shape of the circle represents an inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other. The red of the circle represents the power of every beating heart. These elements combine to create the emblems of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem is inspired by the ‘T‘ in

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem is inspired by ‘=‘ the universal sign of equality.

Tokyo 2020 President, Mori, remarked:

The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve – taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The emblems are also symbols behind which the whole of Japan can unite as a single integrated body and join the collective endeavours of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, the Japanese business community, as well as the Games volunteers and everyone who is assisting with the preparations for the 2020 Games.

Let us all unite our efforts under the new Games emblems and work together as one to ensure the realisation of a truly inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

IOC Coordination Commission Chair, John Coates, said:

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo’s Games vision. By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony. Its inclusiveness and its representation of the power of the human heart is testament to the spirit in which the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are being prepared. They will be a global celebration that we can all be a part of and enjoy.

Most importantly, this emblem represents Tokyo and its people. It reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens – two elements that the Olympic athletes in 2020 will fully appreciate.

I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team on their work and believe that this emblem will have an important influence on the future of Olympic design.

Andrew Parsons, Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee, added:

I would like to thank and congratulate the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for developing this wonderful emblem. When the Paralympic Games return here for the second time they will do so with a growing reputation for being the world’s number one sporting spectacle for driving societal change.

The performances of the para-athletes will not just inspire and excite the world, but act as a catalyst for a more inclusive society, here in Japan, across Asia and the whole world. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will create a brighter tomorrow for millions of people around the world. This emblem, whilst paying testament to Japan’s rich heritage, will represent that brighter future and will become globally synonymous with sporting excellence and the incredible achievements of Paralympians.

The designer of the emblems is Kenjiro Sano. Born in Tokyo in 1972, Sano is an art designer, who graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University. He is the founder of MR_DESIGN Inc., and is active in the fields of logo mark design, character design, graphic design, package design and advertising art direction. Sano has won numerous awards including the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, the Mainichi Design Prize, the New York ADC Gold Award, the Cannes Lions Gold, the London D&AD Black Pencil, the One Show Design Gold Pencil, the Tokyo Art Directors Club Members’ Award, the Japan Package Association Gold Prize, and the Traffic Advertisement Grand Prize. Sano’s works are also featured in the permanent collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.


To find out more about the developments at sports venues across the Asia Pacific region, make sure to attend our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference & exhibition, where all of the top sports architects & designers will be in attendance, along with top-level representatives from sports federations, as well as venue owners & operators. To guarantee your place at this must-attend event, simply visit the website at:

Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium design to go ‘back to the drawing board’

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According to the Guardian Online, Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has announced that the controversial plans for the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics – designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid – will be scrapped and started from scratch because of the spiralling costs.

Amid growing public concern about the cost of the new stadium, Abe said the National Stadium would not now be completed in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup; for which the dramatic stadium was due to host the opening match and the final. Abe confirmed to reporters after a meeting with Yoshiro Mori, Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee:

The government has come under growing criticism as the estimated cost for the new National Stadium rose to 252bn yen (GBP£1.3bn, USD$2bn).

The PM said he had obtained the consent of Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister, and instructed the sports and Olympics ministers to start preparing immediately a process to choose a new plan.World rugby’s governing body hit out at the decision, and said that it would seek urgent clarification of plans for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. A spokesperson confirmed:

World Rugby is extremely disappointed by today’s announcement that the new National Stadium will not be ready to host Rugby World Cup 2019 matches despite repeated assurances to the contrary from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and the Japan Sports Council.

The National Stadium was a compelling and important pillar of Japan’s successful bid to host Rugby World Cup 2019, which was awarded to the Japan Rugby Football Union in 2009.

World Rugby is urgently seeking further detailed clarification from the Japan Rugby 2019 Organising Committee and will need to consider the options relating to the impact of today’s announcement.

Jim Heverin, Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, said:

Our teams in Japan and the UK have been working hard with the Japan Sports Council to design a new National Stadium that would be ready to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Tokyo 2020 Games and meet the need for a new home for Japanese sport for the next 50 to 100 years. 


It is absolutely right that the benefits and costs of the new National Stadium should be clearly and accurately communicated and understood by the public and decision-makers in Japan and we hope that this is one of the objectives of the review announced by the Prime Minister. 


We have used our experience on major sports and cultural projects, including the hugely successful London 2012 Games and legacy, to design a stadium that can be built cost-effectively and still deliver the flexible and robust National Stadium that the Japan Sports Council requires.


It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council. The real challenge for the stadium has been agreeing an acceptable construction cost against the backdrop of steep annual increases in construction costs in Tokyo and a fixed deadline.

Hadid, best known in the UK for the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, won the design contest for the Tokyo stadium in 2012, but faced a barrage of criticism over its appearance. And amid growing international scrutiny of the costs and benefits of hosting a Games – something that recently elected International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach, has promised to focus on – and domestic public pressure, Mori will now be forced to look for a more cost-effective solution.

Last year Hadid hit back at two years of complaints, telling Dezeen magazine she was saddened by the attacks, which she claimed were motivated by not wanting a ‘foreigner’ to build in Tokyo.

The affair has echoes of the controversy that surrounded Hadid’s Aquatics Centre in London, where costs soared three-fold to GBP£269m as a result of the ambitious design and certain elements had to be pared back.

Olympic stadiums traditionally have a chequered history due to the difficulties in planning for a future beyond the Games.

The Bird’s Nest in Beijing is rarely used, although it will be pressed into action for the World Athletics championships this summer, while the legacy issues with the venues built for the 2004 Games in Athens have become a symbol for the subsequent wider malaise in the country.

The debate over the future of London’s Olympic Stadium, where total costs have now soared to GBP£701m thanks to an ambitious plan to convert it into a multi-use venue that will become West Ham United’s home ground, has also proved controversial.


Image: An artist’s impression of the National Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, designed by Zaha Hadid. Photograph: Japan Sport Council/AFP/Getty Images.


Asia Pacific is on the verge of being the most active region in the world for new sports venue developments, with the Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and both the Summer and Winter Olympics all taking place here in the next 5 years. This September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition will duly open up unrivalled opportunities for producers and suppliers to meet with the sector’s leading sports architects, designers and end-users.

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Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today opened the application process for additional event(s) to be included at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020), which follows the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s approval of its Olympic Agenda 2020 last December. Tokyo’s final choice of events to be proposed to the IOC will be made by 30 September 2015.

Over the next four months, the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel will work to identify one or more additional events to be proposed by Tokyo 2020 to the IOC. It will do so based on the following key principles, which will be applied to its examination of all applications.

Key principles:

  • The additional event(s) will serve as a driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal
  • The additional event(s) will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision
  • The selection procedure will be open and fair

The application process will feature two separate phases:
Phase I will involve response forms, which will include a brief set of questions, being sent to all IOC Recognised International Federations (IF) that control sports currently not on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme and that are not exclusively practiced on snow or ice. IOC Recognised IFs interested in having their events considered for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games are invited to return their completed applications by 8 June 2015.

The Additional Event Programme Panel will examine each application to ensure that it complies fully with Tokyo 2020’s key principles. The panel will then determine a shortlist of IFs and event(s) to be included for further detailed consideration. Successful applicants will be informed of the decision of the panel and invited to participate in Phase II, which will begin on 22 June 2015.

Phase II will include the submission of further details from the shortlisted IFs and a presentation in front of the Additional Event Programme Panel will take place in Tokyo. The Additional Event Programme Panel will propose its recommendations to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will make a final decision on the successful IFs and event(s) to be proposed to the IOC. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made by the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

Application timeline:
Phase I
8 May 2015 Application forms sent to all IOC Recognised IFs
8 June 2015 Deadline for submission of completed applications
22 June 2015 Shortlist announcement – shortlisted IFs will be requested to submit further details.
Phase II
22 July 2015 Deadline for the submission of further details.
Early August 2015 Presentations in Tokyo
30 September 2015 Selection of the event(s) and deadline for Tokyo 2020 to submit its proposal to the IOC

(NB: These timelines are subject to change and this process does not apply to the 28 IFs already on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Programme.)

Composition of the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel (members in alphabetical order):

  • Tsuyoshi AKIYAMA, Vice Governor of Tokyo
  • Tsuyoshi AOKI, Vice President & Secretary General, Japanese Olympic Committee
  • Tomiaki FUKUDA, President, Japan Wrestling Federation
  • Fujio MITARAI (Chair of the Panel), Honorary Chairman, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)
  • Toshiro MUTO (Vice Chair of the Panel), CEO, Tokyo 2020
  • Joichi OKAZAKI, Executive Managing Director, Japan Sports Association
  • Atsuko TOYAMA, Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Observers (in alphabetical order):

  • Kimito KUBO, Director General, Sports and Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Koji MUROFUSHI, Sports Director, Tokyo 2020
  • Naoko TAKAHASHI, Executive Board Member, Japanese Olympic Committee

Image: Tokyo 2020/Shugo TAKEMI With (Left to right): Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo 2020 President, and Tsunekazu Takeda, JOC President.

Courtesy: Tokyo 2020.

NB: Sporting Events: bidding, hosting & masterplanning will feature in our Q3/Autumn/Fall ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management.

AECOM wins key advisory role on third consecutive Olympics

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AECOM has been appointed as advisor to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games for the development of the venues and infrastructure for the Games.

The appointment makes it the third consecutive Olympic and Paralympic Games AECOM has been involved with following the masterplan for London 2012 Games and Legacy and the competition-winning masterplan for Rio 2016.

Working with its partner consultant Arup, AECOM will advise on the design development of venues and contribute to the strategy for overall delivery of the design and construction of the venues from the preparation stage through to the legacy transformation. The scope of work also includes masterplan review, as well as advising on transportation, security, sustainability and legacy.

Michael S. Burke, AECOM President and Chief Executive Officer, commented:

Olympic Games are an important part of AECOM’s sucess in regenerating and promoting cities around the world. By harnessing our global expertise as the world’s premier fully integrated infrastructure firm, AECOM will be able to support the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee in delivering a memorable Olympic Games.

Bill Hanway, Head of Global Sports at AECOM – the firm responsible for the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games’ masterplans – added:

AECOM’s breadth of experience and passion for delivering world sporting events has seen us work with cities across the world, from bid through to legacy. We are proud of our work that delivers both a successful event while helping to position sport as a catalyst for wider urban regeneration and development. We are incredibly honoured to be part of three consecutive Games, especially the opportunity to continue this work as part of the Tokyo 2020 team and to deliver a truly amazing event.

The global multidisciplinary team will be having a series of workshops in Tokyo with the client team to ensure the successful delivery of the Games and the post-Games legacy.

This follows the appointment of design, planning and engineering consultancy, Arup, which was appointed to serve as the lead adviser of the 2020 Games.

The Japan Sport Council (JSC) also confirmed construction of the new National/Olympic Stadium is to be delayed until at least mid-December. The showpiece project will see the city’s existing National Stadium demolished to make way for a new 80,000-seat venue, which is expected to cost around US$1.6bn (€1.2bn).

JSC’s Vice President & Executive Director, Yoshihiro Kizawa, outlined Japan’s huge programme of sports venue development, for which the new National/Olympic Stadium will be the centrepiece, during last month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference & exhibition, at which both AECOM and Arup were represented; with AECOM Principal, Design + Planning, Jonathan Rose, and Arup Principal, Mike King providing their insights.

Make sure to secure your place at next year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event – the ‘live’ version of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine – which will once again be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 28-30, or contact one of the team to discuss speaker, exhibitor and sponsor opportunities. NB: With over 50% of the exhibition hall already sold, stands look likely to be sold-out within a matter of months!

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Arup appointed lead advisor for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Arup will provide advice for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to develop venues and infrastructure for the Games.

Jerome Frost, Arup Director who was head of design and regeneration for the London Olympics said:

Arup is proud to have played a part in renewing Beijing and London in advance of the Olympics and is looking forward to continuing our contribution to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

Through our experience in preparing cities for the Olympics and other international events, the firm has been responsible for much of the urban renewal of the host cities, ensuring the events serve as a catalyst for long-term investment and development.

Arup’s service for the Tokyo Olympics includes masterplan review, advice for and cross-sectorial specialty areas such as transport, security, sustainability and legacy.

Jointly with their partner consultant AECOM, Arup will also advise on the venue briefs and contribute to the strategy development for overall delivery of design and construction through the preparation stage to the legacy transformation.

The group’s global multidisciplinary team will be having a series of workshops in Tokyo with the client team to review and discuss various issues related to the venues in the Tokyo Bay Zone and Heritage Zone in the heart of Tokyo for the successful delivery of the Games and the post-Games legacy.


Both Arup and AECOM took part in last month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event, during which they outlined their work on the Singapore Sports Hub and other regional projects.

Tokyo 2020’s Organising Committee Expands

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Tokyo 2020 has bolstered its organising committee for the city’s staging of the summer Olympic Games, addressing criticism of its existing ageing and male-orientated make-up by adding 28 new members.


The Tokyo Organising Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was formally established in January, with former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, the head. Among the 28 new additions are seven women, with athletes also figuring highly, including hammer-thrower, Koji Murofushi, gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Games; judoka Ayumi Tanimoto, who won gold in Athens and Beijing in 2008; Mayumi Narita, who won a total of 20 medals in Paralympic swimming between 1996 and 2004; Rie Tanaka, the female gymnast who took part in London 2012; and Yuko Arakida, a gold medallist in the women’s volleyball at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


In addition, Fujio Mitarai, former chairman of the Keidanren business organisation, has accepted the post of honorary president of Tokyo 2020. Other notable appointments include Akio Toyoda, president of Japanese automotive giant Toyota, and Upper House member Seiko Hashimoto, who led Japan’s delegation at the Sochi winter Games.


Tokyo’s 2020 vision – interview with LOC CEO Masato Mizuno

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Tokyo’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) learnt its lessons from previous attempts and came out on top this time, writes Guy Oldenkotte.

The Tokyo 2020 vision promises Games built on Delivery, Celebration and Innovation. Tokyo 2020 LOC CEO Masato Mizuno (pictured right together with Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020) said:

Our aim is to make Tokyo become an Olympic community. We want participation through all generations in Tokyo and beyond. Ultimately we want people to learn about Olympic values such as friendship and respect. The 2020 Olympics will leave a wonderful society behind in Tokyo once the event is over.

Despite these ambitious aims, the Tokyo bid was hampered by the low confidence and support of the Japanese population. The country is still recovering from the 2011 tsunami, and infighting in domestic politics has seen the government struggle against the global economic crisis. Nevertheless, Mizuno believes the Japanese rallied well behind the bid:

It is true that previous polls showed reservations by many Japanese when asked about the bid. But the latest figures say that over 70% of residents in Tokyo support the bid.

To Mizuno comparing polls about support by the population of the various bidding cities means little. Japanese are humble and aim to deliver. They will only celebrate and be jubilant once a task has been accomplished. To him the ticker tape parade, which Olympic athletes received when they returned from the 2012 London Games, is a perfect example of Japanese support for Tokyo’s ambition:

This was the first-ever heroes’ parade of Olympic medallists that was organised to express the nation’s gratitude. TV viewership rates for the event were amazing and over 500,000 people lined the streets on a Monday, to offer a heroes’ welcome to the athletes. Japan won a record-breaking 71 medals in London. The parade was an extraordinary display of Japanese passion and the remarkable power of sport to unite and inspire. The Japanese Olympic team’s unprecedented performance in London makes us even more determined to deliver a dynamic celebration in the heart of the world’s most forward-thinking city.

Tokyo is planning to use 35 venues for the various sports in 2020. Twenty of these venues will have to be built from scratch. Mizuno assures:

Eleven of them will be permanent and legacy. But we will not have any white elephants after the event.

In November last year London-based Zaha Hadid Architects won the competition to design the new Olympic Stadium. In 2020 this new stadium will replace the existing national stadium that was built for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

With the establishment of the new Olympic stadium in motion, Mizuno believes there is plenty of opportunity for providers of products and services to be involved:

We will certainly consider any idea or technology that is suggested to assist us accomplish our ambitions.

A full version of this interview appears in the Autumn issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.