Tokyo or­gan­is­ers say row­ing venue for 2020 should stay put

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Or­gan­is­ers want the row­ing venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to re­main at its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion rather than be moved to a site hun­dreds of miles away.

Tokyo Gover­nor Yuriko Koike or­dered a re­view of venues and costs by a panel of in­de­pen­dent ex­perts. The panel pro­posed mov­ing the row­ing venue from a site on Tokyo Bay to an ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity in Miyagi pre­fec­ture, about 250 miles (400 kilo­me­ters) north of Tokyo.

But Tokyo or­gan­is­ers spelled out their ob­jec­tions to that pro­posal yes­ter­day, ar­gu­ing the venue should re­main at the Sea For­est Wa­ter­way.

“I would like to stress once again that the de­ci­sion was made unan­i­mously and based on thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions. We have con­ducted care­ful ex­am­i­na­tions of all can­di­date row­ing sites,” Tokyo 2020 ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber Toshi­aki Endo said.

“As a re­sult, all par­ties in­clud­ing the IOC, the in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tions, the na­tional fed­er­a­tions, Tokyo 2020 or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee and the Tokyo metropoli­tan govern­ment came to the con­clu­sion that Sea For­est Wa­ter­way was the most promis­ing and best suited for the host­ing of row­ing com­pe­ti­tions.”

In a visit to Tokyo last week, the head of the in­ter­na­tional row­ing fed­er­a­tion, Jean-Christophe Rol­land, ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the pro­posed move and said the venue should re­main at its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion.

Tokyo or­gan­is­ers listed sev­eral ob­jec­tions to the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity in Miyagi, in­clud­ing lack of in­fra­struc­ture, ac­com­mo­da­tion for spec­ta­tors and in­con­ve­nience for ath­letes.

Or­gan­is­ers also said the fi­nal con­struc­tion cost for the Sea For­est Wa­ter­way will likely be lower than orig­i­nal es­ti­mates.

Al­ready, venues for bas­ket­ball, taek­wondo and cy­cling have been moved out­side of Tokyo to max­imise ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Cy­cling was moved to Izu, about 90 miles (145 kilo­me­ters) south­west of the cap­i­tal.

Tokyo won the right to host the games in 2013 by promis­ing a com­pact bid with 28 of the 31 com­pe­ti­tion venues within a five-mile ra­dius of the Olympic Vil­lage. Orig­i­nally, only shoot­ing, mod­ern pen­tathlon and one soc­cer venue were to be out­side the ra­dius.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.