Olympic committees say they’re impressed by Tokyo 2020 venues
TOKYO — A dozen nationwide Olympic committees have been given a fast take a look at Tokyo’s venue preparations for the 2020 Summer time Video games.
Mark England of the British Olympic Affiliation mentioned they had been impressed.
“We have not had many inquiries to ask the organizing committee, as a result of the venues have been completely implausible,” England mentioned.
The tour Tuesday marked the committees’ first go to to Tokyo for the reason that Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended final month.
Tokyo’s Metropolitan Gymnasium was among the many venues. It was inbuilt 1954 and hosted gymnastics for the 1964 Olympics. It will likely be the venue for desk tennis in two years and sits subsequent to the brand new Olympic stadium, which is beneath development.
“On this venue right here immediately — historic and conventional although it’s — we are able to see that it’s in completely very good situation,” England mentioned.
Tokyo’s use of present venues will delight the Worldwide Olympic Committee, which has been criticized when cities have constructed “white elephant” sports activities venues.
The latest Summer time Olympics in Rio de Janeiro left behind a half-dozen venues that aren’t being adequately utilized.
Rio constructed a biking velodrome that has caught fireplace twice for the reason that Olympics ended two years in the past. A number of arenas within the Olympic Park are largely vacant, and a newly constructed golf course has struggled to seek out gamers.
“It was clearly tougher for Brazil as a result of it was the primary [Olympics] in South America, in order that they did not have that historical past, custom of internet hosting video games,” England mentioned. “The video games had been very completely different in Rio de Janeiro. The 2 usually are not comparable. The state of readiness could be very, very well-advanced in Tokyo.”
Along with Britain, nations on the venue tour included: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Guatemala, Serbia, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Monaco and Japan.
“Nationwide Olympic committees feed off of one another once we‘re speaking and asking questions,” England mentioned. “A few of us return quite a few video games, so we all know one another nicely. And you’ll see it is a terrific alternative.”