Tokyo 2020; IOC approves five new sports

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today agreed to add baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing to the sports programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The decision by the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro was the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history. Plans call for staging the skateboarding and sports climbing events in temporary venues installed in urban settings, marking a historic step in bringing the Games to young people and reflecting the trend of urbanisation of sport.

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Tokyo 2020; New design Olympic Stadium unveiled

Design Works and Construction Works of Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd. and Kengo Kuma and Associates JV/Courtesy of JSC
Design Works and Construction Works of Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd. and Kengo Kuma and Associates JV/Courtesy of JSC


New National Stadium

  • Client: Japan Sport Council
  • Design and construction: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co
  • Location: Site of the 1964 Olympic Stadium (demolished in 2015)
  • Capacity: 68,089 (athletics mode)
  • Height: Under 50 meters
  • Estimated cost: ¥153 billion (1.46 billion U.S. dollars)
  • Start construction: January 2017
  • Completion: January 2020





All images: Design Works and Construction Works of Taisei Corporation, Azusa Sekkei Co., Ltd. and Kengo Kuma and Associates JV/Courtesy of JSC

Tokyo 2020; IOC Supports proposal to add five new sports

Karate, skateboarding, sports climbing, surfing and baseball / softball are proposed to be added to the Olympic program.

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today supported the proposal to add the package of five new sports to the programme of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. If approved at the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in August, the change would be the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history.

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The 129th IOC session takes place in Rio de Janeiro from August 1 to August 4.

Tokyo 2020; List of Olympic and Paralympic Venues

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©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games


VenueZoneOlympic GamesParalympic GamesCapacity
Olympic StadiumHeritage ZoneOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, FootballOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics68000
Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumHeritage ZoneTable TennisTable Tennis7000 (6000 Paralympics)
Yoyogi National StadiumHeritage ZoneHandballBadminton, Wheelchair Rugby10200
Nippon BudokanHeritage ZoneJudo, KarateJudo11000
Tokyo International ForumHeritage ZoneWeightliftingPowerlifting5000
Kokugikan ArenaHeritage ZoneBoxing-TBA
Equestrian ParkHeritage ZoneEquestrian (dressage, jumping, eventing)Equestrian9300
Musashino Forest Sport PlazaHeritage ZoneBadminton, Modern Pentathlon (fencing)Wheelchair Basketball7200
Tokyo StadiumHeritage ZoneFootball, Modern Pentathlon (swimming, fencing, riding, laser-run), Rugby-48000
Musashinonomori ParkHeritage ZoneCycling (road - start)-TBA
Ariake ArenaTokyo Bay ZoneVolleyball (indoor)Wheelchair Basketball15000
Ariake Gymnastics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneGymnasticsBoccia12000
Ariake Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneCycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing), Skateboarding-5000 / 6600 / 7000
Ariake Tennis ParkTokyo Bay ZoneTennisWheelchair Tennis19900 (19400 Paralympics)
Odaiba Marine ParkTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (marathon swimming), TriathlonTriathlon5500
Shiokaze ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBeach volleyball-12000
Aomi Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBasketball (3x3), Sport ClimbingFootball 5-a-side7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)
Oi Hockey StadiumTokyo Bay ZoneHockey-15000
Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseTokyo Bay ZoneEquestrian (eventing, cross-country)-16000
Sea Forest WaterwayTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (sprint), RowingCanoe, Rowing12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics)
Kasai Canoe Slalom CentreTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (slalom)-7500
Yumenoshima Park Archery FieldTokyo Bay ZoneArcheryArchery5600
Tokyo Aquatics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (swimming, diving, artistic swimming)Swimming15000
Tatsumi Water Polo CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (water polo)-4700
Makuhari Messe Hall ATokyo Bay ZoneTaekwondo, WrestlingSitting Volleyball10000
Makuhari Messe Hall BTokyo Bay ZoneFencingTaekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing8000 (7000 Paralympics)
Makuhari Messe Hall CTokyo Bay Zone-Goalball5500
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach-Surfing-6000
Saitama Super Arena-Basketball-21000
Asaka Shooting Range-ShootingShooting3800 / 3000
Kasumigaseki Country Club-Golf-25000
Enoshima Yacht Harbour-Sailing-3600
Izu Velodrome-Cycling (track)Cycling (track)3600
Izu MTB Course-Cycling (mountain bike)-11500
Fuji International Speed Way-Cycling (road - finish, individual time trial)Cycling (road)22000
Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-14300
Yokohama Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-35000
Sapporo Dome-Football-41000
Sapporo - TBD-Athletics (marathon, race walk)-TBD
Miyagi Stadium-Football-49000
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium-Football-40000
Saitama Stadium-Football-64000
International Stadium Yokohama-Football-72000
Olympic / Paralympic VillageTokyo Bay Zone---
IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)Tokyo Bay Zone---

Tokyo 2020; “Harmonized chequered emblems” selected as emblem

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© Tokyo2020


Winning design

Harmonized chequered emblem

Chequered patterns have been popular in many countries around the world throughout history. In Japan, the chequered pattern became formally known as “ichimatsu moyo” in the Edo period (1603-1867), and this chequered design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.
Composed of three varieties of rectangular shapes, the design represents different countries, cultures and ways of thinking. It incorporates the message of “unity in diversity”. It also expresses that the Olympic and Paralympic Games seek to promote diversity as a platform to connect the world.

Designer of the Tokyo 2020 Games emblems
Asao Tokolo


  • Year of birth: 1969
  • Place of residence: Tokyo
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Education: Graduated in Architecture from the Tokyo Zokei University
  • Current employment:
  • Awards and exhibitions
  • MOT Annual 2010: Neo-Ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
  • Open Space 2010 and 2011 – InterCommunication Center (ICC), Tokyo
  • 2014 Materializing Exhibition II – Chinretsukan Gallery of the University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
  • 2016 TOKOLO Asao x Aomori City Archives Exhibition – Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Prefecture

Selected Works

  • 2007 – FRP/F town façade pattern, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture (architect: Hitoshi Abe)
  • 2012 – Façade pattern for the 125th Anniversary of the Education Center, Kogakuin University (architect: Chiba Manabu
  • Architects, design work with Azumi Mitsuboshi, Hachioji, Tokyo)
  • 2015 – BaoBao Issey Miyake bag (Tokolo pattern)
  • 2015 – Low-rise part façade glass pattern for the Dai Nagoya Building, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture (Architect: Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.)