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Venues for new Olympic sports approved for Tokyo 2020

Venues for the five new Olympic sports – baseball / softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing have been approved by the International Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The baseball and softball competitions will be held at the Yokohama Stadium (Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture). The stadium was built in 1978 inside Yokohama Park, and with its artificial turf surface has hosted numerous professional and amateur baseball games, becoming one of Japan’s baseball fans’ best-loved venues.

Karate events will be held in Japan’s mecca for martial arts, the Nippon Budokan (Chiyoda city, Tokyo), which is already hosting Judo competitions in 2020.

A legacy of the Tokyo 1964 Games, the Nippon Budokan is located in the centre of Tokyo, close to the Imperial Palace. With its large streamlined roof reminiscent of the slopes of Mt. Fuji, this facility is currently used for many purposes including martial arts events and music concerts.

Skateboarding and Sport Climbing events will take place in Aomi Urban Sports Venue (Koto city, Tokyo). This temporary facility will be the dynamic and innovative venue for the Sport Climbing and Skateboarding competitions, the 2020 Games’ newest and most youthful events.

Situated in a spectacular location with Tokyo Bay as a backdrop, it will delight athletes, spectators and television viewers alike throughout the world.

Surfing competitions will be located on the Tsurigasaki Beach, located at the southern end of the Kujukuri (literally “endless”) Beach in Chiba prefecture, which stretches about 60km along Japan’s Pacific coast. It is a popular surfing beach offering great waves all year around. A number of international and national surfing competitions have been held there.

Through these additional sports, the Tokyo 2020 Games aims to inspire new generations and become a turning point and a model for future Olympic Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will utilise a total of 39 venues – eight new permanent venues, 22 existing sites and nine temporary venues, most of which are located in two zones of the city. 38 of these 39 venues will be used for competitions of the Olympic Games, and 20 of them will be used for the Paralympic Games.

The Olympic and Paralympic Village will be located right between the two zones – the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone – which will offer unique reflections for the world of both the history and the future of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With 56% of the venues utilising existing facilities, Tokyo 2020 has embraced Olympic Agenda 2020 to create a sustainable legacy for the next generation, the city of Tokyo and Japan.

Although the Ariake Arena was approved by the IOC Executive Board in June 2015 as the venue for the Volleyball competition, it is currently under review by the Four-Party Working Group, with a decision scheduled by the end of 2016.

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