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On 12/21/2016 at 8:48 AM, stryker said:

With the decision to go ahead and build the Ariake Arena, that now means all three venues that Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike set out to slash and save money are set to be built. With that, I think Koike has just tightened the noose on her political career. I touched on the issue of the final budget in another thread. I don't see how with all the expenses Tokyo keeps this at their revised budget. Koike promised to cut the costs and targeted three specific venues in rowing, aquatics, and volleyball. All three venues stayed the same but with so-called reduced price tags. The aquatics venue makes sense as Tokyo lacks an Olympic caliber facility outside of the small Tatsumi Aquatic Center, however for rowing and volleyball, she had the opportunity to flat out tell the IOC no and she caved. The Tokyo government controls the purse strings, not the IOC. I liken it to a poker player with a big hand who folds. She folded. The idea that moving rowing to the venue in Miyagi prefecture would be more expensive? Makes no sense so they opted for a scaled down Sea Forest venue under the guise of a smaller venue costing less money. However, that is not as ridiculous as the decision to build the Ariake Arena rather than make a few modifications at the existing Yokohama Arena. Really? Building the Ariake Arena is a more cost effective measure? No way. It will become a white elephant after the Olympics. Tokyo already has the Tokyo Dome, Metropolitan Gymnasium, Yoyogi Arena, and the new Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Tokyo doesn't need another indoor arena but the sports federations want their sparkling glitzy venues for the two week party, and they are getting them. When Koike takes the heat for the rising budget costs, I'm sure she'll issue the standard "I'm not responsible, I simply went with what I was told was the best information at the time." All these new venues not factoring in construction cost overruns plus the ever increasing costs of security for just $15 billion. It's a pipe dream.


Well, Japan is a VERY ACTIVE Indoor Volleyball nation.  They always host the finals of the Grand Prix, World Championships, Olympic qualifiers; plus a very busy domestic Women's Pro League.  Tokyo is a megalopolis of over 20 million people; so I think Ariake Arena will see plenty of use in coming years.  

For example, http://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/olympic-volleyball-sequel-confirmed-for-grand-champions?id=65732 

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Tokyo golf club bars women, will force change in Olympic venue


Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo, designated as the site of the golf competition in the 2020 Olympic Games, failed to reach a resolution ending its policy restricting women from becoming full members.

Ty Votaw, vice president of the International Golf Federation, told Golf.com that the club's decision could lead to the IGF moving the golf to a different course in the area.


"The IGF has clearly stated to both Tokyo 2020 and Kasumigaseki C.C. our requirements that the golf competition be delivered according to the Olympic Charter," Votaw said in a statement. "If the club does not change its rules, then we cannot support holding the events at this venue."

According to Reuters, Kasumigaseki board of directors met following pressure from the public, the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee and the IGF.

Members of the board were expected to take a vote on a proposal to allow women, but the vote was postponed after the resolution failed to garner the necessary unanimous support of its 15 members.

Board chairman Kiichi Kimura later complained to reporters that the increased scrutiny accompanying such a high-profile international competition has put him and his fellow members in a difficult situation.

"That this situation has developed is a nuisance for us; it's really perplexing," Kimura said.

The club's policy bars female members from playing on Sundays and certain holidays.

The Japan Golf Council is leading an effort to relocate the event to Wakasu Golf Links, a public course.



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This is just disgusting. You'd think that they gave the games to Istanbul and not Tokyo.

Another thing: I can guarantee Japan is going off easy with international coverage of this snafu. Can you imagine the backlash if it was a majority muslim host such as Turkey? 

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The fact there is way too much bureucracy in Japan is also not helping, to be honest. But it seems not even Japan is going to host the Olympics without a few couple of drama. 

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Tokyo 2020 cycling route to pass foot of Mount Fuji


  • Nov 8, 2017

The men’s road cycling race at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is expected to cover a 270-km route starting in the Tokyo suburbs of Chofu, going past Lake Yamanaka and the foot of Mounbt Fuji, and finishing at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, a source said Tuesday.

According to the proposed route, the starting line will be near the Musashino Forest Sport Centre and competitors will race along National Route 413 before going around the lake, Fuji Speedway and the base of Japan’s highest peak before returning to the race circuit.




“For the athletes, it will be tough, with a lot of difference in elevation, but it is a wonderful course with Mount Fuji in the background,” the source said.

The women’s course will start and finish in the same places, but the distance will cover about 140 km, leaving out the part around the foothills of Mount Fuji, the source said.

The International Cycling Union has basically approved these routes, but some parts — including the area in Tokyo and near Fuji Speedway — may change slightly before they are finalized around next March.

If approved, Yamanashi Prefecture will join eight other prefectures in helping Tokyo host the 2020 Games.



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First new permanent Tokyo 2020 venue opens as organisers claim preparations are on track


Tokyo 2020's first new permanent venue has been officially opened to the public today as officials claimed preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games are "well on track".

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, which will host badminton and modern pentathlon's fencing round at the Olympics, and wheelchair basketball at the Paralympics, is the first of eight new permanent venues to be completed.

It was opened at a Ceremony in the Japanese capital.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto and Governor Yuriko Koike were among those in attendance at the event.

The opening of the arena provides a boost to organisers following several setbacks in the construction of other venues.

It has a 10,000 seating capacity and also features a swimming pool, a gym, a multi-use sports area and two fitness studios, all of which will be available for use by the general public.

"We are making real progress in our preparations," Koike said.

"We have passed the 1,000-days-to-go mark and we intend to build on this momentum and continue the hard work."

The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza is the first of eight new permanent venues to be completed ©Tokyo 2020 The Musashino Forest Sport Plaza is the first of eight new permanent venues to be completed ©Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 insisted the delivery of all the 40 venues - including the eight which will be permanent, 24 existing sites and eight temporary constructions - was "going according to plan".

It comes after a number of issues with venues for the Games, including the National Stadium.

The initial project for the stadium was scrapped by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in August 2015 because of spiralling costs.

The venue was also due to stage the 2019 Rugby World Cup final but the debacle forced organisers of the tournament to put forward the Yokohama Stadium as a replacement.

Tokyo 2020 were dealt a further blow last month when a survey revealed the quality of the water at Tokyo Bay, the location of the marathon swimming and swimming leg of the triathlon, was not good enough to meet International Federation standards.

"I am delighted that this first new permanent venue has been delivered and inaugurated in such an early phase of the Games life cycle," said Muto.

"The Organising Committee's activities have switched from the planning phase to the delivery phase and our eyes are now firmly on the opening date of the Games. 

"Tokyo 2020 will fulfil its promise and deliver a safe and successful Games that will leave a lasting legacy and benefits for everyone."






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Tokyo: Work to build Olympic venues running smoothly


The site of the Olympic Aquatics Center for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo’s Koto Ward on Feb. 6 (Tatsuya Shimada)



The Canoe Slalom Course for the 2020 Olympics is under construction in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward on Feb. 6. (Tatsuya Shimada)


Up to 20 percent of construction work has been completed as scheduled on four venues--with a total price tag of 130.5 billion yen ($1.2 billion)--for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, officials said.

The four sites are: the Olympic Aquatics Center for swimming, diving and synchronized swimming (56.7 billion yen); the Sea Forest Waterway for canoe sprint and rowing (30.8 billion yen); the Ariake Arena for volleyball and wheelchair basketball (35.7 billion yen); and the Canoe Slalom Course (7.3 billion yen).

The Tokyo metropolitan government showed the progress of construction work to reporters on Feb. 6.

The Canoe Slalom Course is located in Edogawa Ward while the other three venues are being built in Koto Ward.

At the Olympic Aquatics Center, four 40-meter-tall pillars that will support the entire building have been erected. Parts of the roof are now evident.

This summer, the roof parts will be lifted a further 20 meters for installation to cover the building.

The four venues are expected to be completed in 2019, when test events will be held at the sites, according to a Tokyo metropolitan government official.

After the Olympics, the facilities will be open for use by the public.




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Tokyo 2020 marathon and race walking courses announced

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games --Tokyo 2020-- announced the routes for the marathon races and the 20km and 50km race walking events.

The courses will pass through the heart of Tokyo-– the world's largest metropolitan area with a population of nearly 35 million-– and take in some of the Japanese capital's most iconic landmarks, providing an unforgettable experience for the athletes, as well as for spectators along the route and TV viewers around the world.


Tokyo 2020 marathon course (Tokyo 2020)Tokyo 2020 marathon course (Tokyo 2020) © Copyright


Tokyo 2020 race walking courses (Tokyo 2020)Tokyo 2020 race walking courses (Tokyo 2020) © Copyright


The marathon course will take in both modern and traditional districts of the city, starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium and passing symbolic Tokyo landmarks along the way. These will include the Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate") in Asakusa, guarded by the deities of wind and thunder; the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan; Ginza's upmarket Chuo Street; the Zojoji temple, with the landmark Tokyo Tower as a backdrop; and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the Tokyo 2020 marathon race will see the athletes running the final stretch leading to the Olympic Stadium uphill.

Below, watch a time lapse tour of the marathon course.

Marathon running in Japan has a long history and proud tradition. The Japanese have truly embraced distance running, and the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world's top six city marathons, now regularly attracts huge crowds of supporters. This year's event drew 300,000 applicants, with nearly 36,000 runners participating and more than one million people cheering on the streets.

Tokyo 2020 for the IAAF


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Is it a possibility to find a view of capacity for spectators on all venues? I have made a list for London and Rio earlier, and now wanted to add a list for Tokoys venues, but can´t find any information? Am I blind... 

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