Unity underlined in efforts to deliver successful Olympic Game
During the ninth IOC Coordination Commission visit to Tokyo (30 October – 1 November), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee presented significant progress towards hosting spectacular Olympic Games in less than nine months’ time.
On the final day of the visit, a four-party working group meeting took place, during which the next steps in moving the marathon and race walk events to Sapporo were discussed.
“We thank the four-party working group for productive discussions and cooperation in the change of venue for the marathon and race walk, in order to safeguard the health of the athletes. We look forward to moving forward as a united team, something which has successfully characterised these Olympic Games to date,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates.
“On behalf of the IOC, we also want to express our sincere appreciation to the people of Tokyo. We can fully understand the concerns and disappointment of Tokyoites, who are so enthusiastic and involved in these Olympic Games. It is for this reason that we have proposed to organise, together with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), an ‘Olympic Celebration marathon’ after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It will be an opportunity to say thank you and celebrate the outstanding contribution of the TMG and the people of Tokyo to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
The four-party working group agreed to the following points at the Coordination Commission meeting:
– The authority to change the venue belongs to the IOC.
– The TMG will not be asked to bear the cost that is newly incurred when the venues are moved to Sapporo.
– The expenses which were already made by the TMG and Tokyo 2020 in relation to the marathon and race walk will be examined and verified, and the expenses that the TMG cannot use for other purposes will not be borne by the TMG.
– There will be no future venue changes other than marathon and race walk.
Moving forward, the IOC will begin planning with Tokyo 2020 and the relevant local authorities, as well as continue to coordinate with the IAAF to ensure that the athletes compete on the best field of play.
“During the meeting today, the IOC conveyed its thoughtful words to many Olympic fans in Japan, and Chairman Coates read to us a message from IOC President Bach,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori. “We in the Organising Committee share these sentiments. We appreciate the fans’ enthusiasm and will come together as one team and make our best efforts to ensure the success of the Games. After the four-party meeting, I contacted Sapporo mayor Akimoto and Hokkaido governor Suzuki. Both were very honoured and said that they will be well prepared.”
Tokyo 2020 Unveils the Unique Ariake Gymnastics Centre
New Olympic & Paralympic venue showcases traditional Japanese craftsmanship
Tokyo, 29 October 2019 – The Ariake Gymnastics Centre, due to be used as a venue during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, was officially completed. Located close to the Olympic Village, the new venue can seat up to approximately 12,000 spectators and will host Olympic artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastic events, as well as Paralympic boccia. Its on-time completion is further evidence that preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games are well on track.
The area around the new venue was previously used primarily for timber storage. This inspired its design and construction around the concept of “wooden vessels in the bay” and the widespread utilisation of timber in its roof frames, main auditorium and exterior.
This unique venue is intended to showcase traditional Japanese craftsmanship, with its structure embodying key aspects of Japan’s culture of timber-based construction. A prominent feature is the use of Japanese cedar to create the exterior shape of a wooden vessels with an external concourse similar to an engawa, a Japanese-style veranda. The installation of huge 90 metre wooden roof beams – free of steel framework – has allowed the creation of a large open space without pillars in the centre of the venue, a feature which will benefit athletes and spectators alike.
Construction of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre has involved the most intensive usage of timber of any of the Tokyo 2020 venues, featuring one of the largest timber roofs in the world and specially crafted wooden benches for spectators. Larch wood from Nagano and Hokkaido prefectures was used to create the 30 metre-wide timber roof. Cedar from Mie prefecture was used to craft the spectator benches, with cedar from Shizuoka, Miyazaki and Akita prefectures being deployed to create the large eaves.
The Tokyo 2020 Games will use a total of 43 venues – 8 new permanent venues, 25 existing sites and 10 temporary venues. Five new permanent Tokyo 2020 venues have already been completed and construction of the three remaining venues is progressing according to schedule.
One more venue delivered!
Only three more: ➡️Olympic Stadium / 99%, delivery in Nov. 2019 ➡️Ariake Arena / 97%, delivery in Dec. 2019 ➡️Aquatics Centre / 86%, delivery in Feb. 2020#Tokyo2020 is on track! https://t.co/TE94iNBEnz