Tokyo 2020; Petition to reconsider Zaha Hadid’s Tokyo Olympic Stadium




Though it seemed a compromise was met last October, when Japan’s minister of education, Hakubun Shimomura announced plans to reduce the cost and scale of the Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the debate rages on.

Pritzker laureates Toyo Ito and Fumihiko Maki have launched an online petition to “defend the ginko tree-lined landscape of blue sky and Jingu Outer Gardens” from the construction of Hadid’s “oversized” stadium.

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Tokyo 2022; Coordination Commission Executive completes first official visit to Tokyo

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The Executive of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today wrapped up its first official visit to the Japanese capital since the Commission was created in October 2013.

Led by Commission Chair John Coates, the IOC delegation also included Vice-Chair Alex Gilady, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi. The group participated in the first IOC Project Review of the Games preparations from 2 to 4 April, when they were updated on progress made since Tokyo’s strong bid saw it elected as the 2020 host city. The executives met with Minister Shimomura of the National Government, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe, and were introduced to members of the new Tokyo 2020 Executive Board, which represents the culture and diversity of Japan. The Commission was particularly pleased to see that a number of athletes and women are on the Board. The delegation also visited a number of the future Olympic venues.

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Tokyo 2020; Organising Committee Formally Established

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Less than five months after its election as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has been formally established. The Committee will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games, and its establishment marks another major step on Tokyo’s Olympic journey. As well as the creation of the Committee, it was also announced that former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, had been appointed as President and Toshiro Muto as Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo 2020.

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