London 2012; Video: How London laid the groundwork for sustainable sporting architecture (CNBC on YouTube)

Governments hosting high-profile sporting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup are repeatedly criticized for building massive, unsustainable venues, often abandoned in the years after the big event. In 2012, London aimed to change that narrative, praised at the time by climate activists for paving the way for sustainable architecture. Nearly a decade later, how are these venues being used and repurposed? What can other host countries learn from 2012? CNBC’s Tom Chitty reports from London.

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Tokyo 2020; Stand configurations Aomi Urban Sports Park

3×3 Basketball

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  • Competition days: 24-28 July
  • Capacity: 7,100


Sport Climbing

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  • Competition days: 3-6 August
  • Capacity: 8,400


Football 5-a-side (Paralympic Games)

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  • Competition days: 29 August – 4 September
  • Capacity: 4,300

Tokyo 2020; Photo gallery: National Stadium designed by Kengo Kuma



National Stadium facts & figures

  • Architect: Kengo Kuma
  • Year completed: 2019
  • Capacity: 68,000
  • Olympic sports: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football
  • Paralympic sports: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics
  • Post-Games use: National stadium




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Tokyo 2020; The two ‘satellite Olympic Villages’ of Tokyo 2020

In addition to the Olympic village in Tokyo (read more), there are two “satellite villages” close to venues which are located further away from Tokyo.

Map: Architecture of the Games

30. Enoshima Yacht Harbour
31. Izu Velodrome
32. Izu MTB Course
42. Olympic / Paralympic Village
42.1 Olympic Sailing Village
42.2 Olympic Cycling Village


Olympic Sailing Village

  • Location: Oiso Town, Naka District, Kanagawa Prefecture
  • Venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbor
  • Olympic sports: Sailing


Olympic Cycling Village

  • Location: Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture
  • Venue: Izu Velodrome, Izu Mountain Bike Course
  • Olympic sports: Cycling (track and mountain bike)

IPC; Press release: World’s first official Paralympic video game launched

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World’s first official Paralympic video game launched

The first official Paralympic video game ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ has been launched and is now available worldwide for download on App Store and Play Store.

Developed by JP Games, a studio founded by renowned Japanese game director Hajime Tabata, with the support of Worldwide Paralympic Partners Bridgestone and Ottobock, ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ is an avatar role-playing game (Massive Avatar RPG). It places players into a virtual Paralympic Games held in a fantasy, futuristic, inclusive and diverse metropolis known as Pegasus City. Its deputy mayor is none other than Doraemon, one of Japan’s most iconic characters.

The development of ‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ video game is part of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) efforts to bring Para sports to a new and young audience. At the same time, it aims to highlight the benefits of video games to inspire positive change and tackle social issues. It has already seen real-world athletes, artists and influencers come together to raise awareness about the Paralympics.

IPC Chief Brand & Communications Officer Craig Spence said: “The launch of Pegasus Dream Tour is a wonderful opportunity to connect with and further promote Para sports across new and younger audiences in an innovative and fun way.

“Pegasus Dream Tour will bring together gaming and sport enthusiasts from all around the globe, who will have the opportunity to enjoy a Paralympic experience from the comfort of their homes not as mere spectators but as participants as well.”

Ryoji Yamada, Executive Director of Corporate Communications Division, Bridgestone Cooperation, added: “Bridgestone was proud to be the first partner of The Pegasus Dream Tour when it began development in 2019, and we are excited to see this truly innovative video game come to life through its official launch.

“We believe strongly in the Paralympic Movement’s mission to create a more inclusive world through sport, and we hope this project will help a new generation of fans engage with the Paralympic Games and support the inspiring Paralympic athletes who are chasing their dreams.”

Peter Franzel, Head of Events, Exhibitions & Sports at Ottobock, said: “We are very proud and grateful to support The Pegasus Dream Tour with our know-how of prosthetics and wheelchairs. Now, we are excitingly looking forward to the launch of this great Paralympic App Game, which will spread the Passion for Paralympics into the world and new audiences.”

The game generates an advanced avatar named ‘Mine’, which pursues its dreams of becoming a Para athlete and is created based on the player’s own face through a photo taken with their smartphones. Mine can forge new relationships with other avatars by freely roaming the city and participating in different competitions.

As Mine goes about its life with its forward-looking attitude and matures, the player will also be inspired and motivated by their alter ego to lead a positive and healthy life.

Players can participate in boccia, football 5-a-side, athletics and wheelchair basketball online tournaments and interact with other players as they take part in this immersive Paralympic experience not only as spectators, but as actual participants.

Players are also encouraged to communicate and collaborate with each another in order to tackle various issues and help Pegasus City evolve and build a better future together.

They will also come together for a series of in-game experiences including the “Pegasus Avatar GALA Party”, a live event that will feature popular artists who share the game’s mission of advancing social contributions through gaming.

Japanese sporting legend and two-time figure skating Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu has been named as one of the video game’s ambassadors.

“I am honoured to have been appointed as the ambassador for The Pegasus Dream Tour. As someone who enjoys games and an athlete as well, I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to experience the excitement of the Paralympics through gaming. I will also be appearing as a character in the game, and I hope to meet you in Pegasus City!”

Pegasus City was created by a team of up-and-coming female creative artists whose goal is to create a space where the individuality of each person is fully respected and where everyone can lead positive lives.

The video game’s original music is composed by Harvard and Juilliard School-graduate violinist Sumire Hirotsuru.

‘The Pegasus Dream Tour’ is available in five languages: Japanese, English, French, German and Spanish.

In addition, Japanese mascot Kumamom, real-life sport journalists and nine of the world’s best Para athletes will show up in the game such as Japan’s boccia player Takayuki Hirose, Canadian wheelchair basketball player Patrick Anderson, New Zealand’s field athlete Holly Robinson and Argentina’s football 5-a-side legend Silvio Velo.

They are joined by Worldwide Paralympic Partner Bridgestone-supported athletes Manami Tanaka (wheelchair tennis, Japan), Kohei Kobayashi (badminton, Japan), Rie Ogura (badminton, Japan), Scout Bassett (athletics, USA) and Chaiwat Rattana (athletics, Thailand).



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Tokyo 2020; Press release: Animated film inspired by Olympic values set for worldwide release

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July 23, 2021
Animated film inspired by Olympic values set for worldwide release

The short animated film “Tomorrow’s Leaves”, which opened the Annecy International Animated Film Festival last month, is all set for a worldwide release on 23 July, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH), and produced by the Academy Award-nominated Yoshiaki Nishimura of Studio Ponoc, the film provides a fresh perspective on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
The hand-drawn film by Japanese animation company Studio Ponoc will have a special limited theatrical release in Tokyo, Japan, and worldwide distribution from 23 July 2021 onwards.

Following its world premiere at the opening ceremony of the Annecy Festival 2021 in France, the world’s largest animated film festival, “Tomorrow’s Leaves” will now be available for viewing around the world.

“We wanted to celebrate the Olympic spirit with an entirely new audience, especially young people, through a different kind of artistic project,” said Angelita Teo, Director of the OFCH.

“To lead up to the cultural programme at Tokyo 2020, we decided to explore animation to express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. This film is a work of art to inspire future generations, with a message about the importance of collaboration and care for the environment.”

The film carries a meaningful message about solidarity, collaboration and the environment. It features five children from diverse lands, who are dispatched as envoys to find out why the annual arrival of leaves carries a message of concern. The envoys travel to a distant land, quietly guided by tiny spirits. Each envoy has its own strengths and vulnerabilities. They compete and support each other as they draw closer to their destination, facing treacherous terrain and difficult conditions. Through athletic challenges and the uniting power of sport, they discover the positive fundamental values that come with playful competition. Together, the envoys approach the source of the message and try to restore life to a future in peril.

This commission is in keeping with the OFCH’s mission to offer opportunities to artists to create new works that explore the relationship between art, sport and the Olympic values, through its International Arts and Culture Programmes. “Tomorrow’s Leaves” shares messages of hope, peace and solidarity, and leaves a powerful artistic legacy for animation fans across the globe.

“Studio Ponoc has made this short film keeping in mind children’s future or ‘tomorrow’. It may be difficult to screen the film in many countries currently, but thanks to the internet, I am grateful that we can deliver the film to children not only in Japan but around the world,” said producer Yoshiaki Nishimura.

Among the limited theatrical releases worldwide will be special screenings at the Tokyo Skytree, a stunning aerial location in the Tobu Tower, one of the most famous tourist spots in Tokyo, as well as free screenings at the United Cinema in Toyosu near Tokyo, between 23 and 29 July.

Other film festivals that have expressed interest in screening the film include the BFI London Film Festival, the Cinekid Festival 2021 in Amsterdam and the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.



Director: Yoshiyuki Momose

Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu

Producer: Yoshiaki Nishimura