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Tokyo 2020 Olympic city hosts successful first visit for IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games successfully concluded its first visit to the 2020 Olympic host city of Tokyo (25-27 June).

IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said:

We are very pleased with Tokyo 2020’s progress under the leadership of President Yoshiro Mori. The Organising Committee and its government partners have got off to a quick start and are putting in place solid foundations for the next six years of preparations.

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori commented:

With regard to the review of our venue plan, I informed the Coordination Commission that, based on such aspects as the kind of legacy we will leave, the impact of the Games on the lives of Tokyo residents and the cost of construction and maintenance of the venues, the Organising Committee will examine all issues closely and collaborate with the IOC, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and both domestic and international sports federations, to ensure the success of the Games.

As part of the visit, the Commission toured a number of the venues in the “Bay Zone” including the Velodrome, Gymnastic Centre, Tennis Park, Olympic Village, Tokyo Big Sight, Aquatics Centre, Wakasu Olympic Arena and Sea Forest venues. Four of Tokyo 2020’s venues are legacies from the 1964 Olympic Games, and another eight venues in Tokyo already exist.

The local organisers also took this opportunity to update the IOC on their on-going review of their bid plans, including the venues. This is based on a number of observations made in the IOC Evaluation Commission’s report. The review will not affect the core principles of the bid. The objective is to refine the legacy and operational assumptions of Tokyo’s plans. The Tokyo organisers are looking to ensure that their Games leave a sustainable long-term legacy to the host city and its citizens. The review is being carried out in cooperation with all the key national and international stakeholders.

Yoshihiro Kazawa from the Japan Sports Council will speak at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific in September.