Which new Olympic sport do you look forward to watching in Tokyo 2020?
Results poll of the month December 2018;
Which city do you think should host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games? (December 2018)
- Stockholm (71%, 17 Votes)
- Milan / Cortina d'Ampezzo (29%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Today, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee published version three of the OCOG budget;
During its seventh visit to Tokyo (3-5 December), it was clear to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is on track to host unifying Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I can only reiterate what IOC President Thomas Bach said during his recent visit: these Olympic Games will bring people together in a spirit of hope and determination,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates. “All of the ingredients for success are here. Venues are on time, stakeholders are engaged, and you can feel the power of sport everywhere.
“With this high level of preparation, Tokyo 2020 can continue to focus on the particular Tokyo issue of potential adverse weather conditions and the transport issues that these Games face in a city the size of Tokyo. I am pleased to see that we have been able to make some important decisions this week, with the timing adjustments to rugby and mountain bike. With less than 600 days to go, we must all maintain the momentum and work together to make the Olympic Games a success in every way, including leaving a lasting legacy as strong as that of 1964.”
As a result of collaboration between the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the IOC Medical & Science Working Group, the relevant International Federations, athlete representatives and Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS), changes to the session competition schedule have been confirmed.
Morning sessions for rugby will now finish by 12 p.m., while evening sessions will begin at 4.30 p.m. Likewise, mountain bike will now start at 3 p.m. in order to ensure better conditions for the athletes and spectators. Work is ongoing on other endurance events like marathon and race walking, with the aim of confirming these events by the end of the year.
The IOC Coordination Commission visited the locations of four Olympic venues, including the Ariake Arena, the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, the Olympic Promenade and Yokohama Stadium.
Both the Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball, and the Ariake Gymnastics Centre are progressing rapidly, with the Arena now more than 40 per cent complete, while the Gymnastics Centre is 50 per cent finished.
The Coordination Commission then paid its first visit to the Olympic Promenade, which will connect seven competition venues within walking distance. The adjacent areas such as Aomi and Ariake will feature some new sports that will appear on the Olympic programme for the first time. The promenade, which offers spectacular views of the iconic Tokyo Bay and is a short trip from the Olympic Village, is expected to attract thousands of fans and serve as a hub for young people.
The visit concluded with a stop at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in the Kanagawa prefecture, where Olympic gold medal softball player Eri Yamada and Olympic baseball bronze medallist Daisuke Miura, together with Yokohama professional baseball players Yasuaki Yamasaki and Kenta Ishida, joined the Coordination Commission to review the plans for the Games. Home to one of Japan’s professional baseball teams, as well as Japan’s first multipurpose stadium, the facility will soon be upgraded to include an additional 6,000 seats, which will improve its existing capacity needs.
“Baseball in Japan pushes the game by skills rather than by power, so I will do my best to be selected by the team for Tokyo 2020,” said Yamazaki. “It is the national game in my home country, Japan, so I would warmly welcome people from abroad, and I’m hoping that I can show them great competition during the Olympics.”
Not only will improved infrastructure serve the people of Tokyo for decades to come, but the Games are also acting as a catalyst for Tokyo 2020’s metropolitan government partners to advance human rights policies and address city accessibility issues. These advancements reflect the Organising Committee’s vision that sport has the power to change the world.
“With less than 600 days to go until the opening of the Games, discussions are becoming increasingly concrete,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori. “In the past week, we’ve had the opportunity to report on the status of our preparations to the ANOC General Assembly, the IOC Executive Board and this Coordination Commission, and have received very positive feedback. President Bach said that he had never seen a host city so prepared two years ahead of the Games. We will make sure not to let such positive feedback go to our heads, and will redouble our efforts to work as a team towards a successful delivery of the Olympic Games.”
An increase in engagement was also notably evident, as volunteer sign-up applications surpassed Tokyo’s goal, with more than 110,000 submissions from both domestic and international audiences as people seek to take this opportunity to become part of the Olympic Games experience.
Demonstrating that these Olympic Games are for all of Japan, government leaders from the Japanese prefectures of Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka were also on site to provide updates on the respective competitions they will host.
Several members of the Olympic and Paralympic movements also came together for the Coordination Commission for this visit, offering their expertise to ensure that athletes, fans and stakeholders all experience unforgettable Olympic Games. These included National Olympic Committees – Brazil, Great Britain, Japan, Oceania National Olympic Committees, Sweden and the USA – and TOP partner representatives – Bridgestone, Intel, Panasonic, Toyota and Visa.
Olympic Agenda 2020’s the New Norm continues to benefit the Tokyo 2020 budget, resulting in an additional USD 2.1 billion in savings. This brings Tokyo’s total savings since the start of Olympic Agenda 2020 to USD 4.3 billion. The Organising Committee is working on its third version of the budget, and is expecting to maintain a balanced operating budget which will be entirely privately funded, translating into no cost for the taxpayers.
Examples of recent New Norm implementations include the reduction of the size of the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), the reduction in accredited seating areas to increase the number of tickets available to the public, and turnkey solutions for the Games-time website and mobile app.
About the Olympic Promenade
Full article: Tokyo 2020 on track to deliver unifying Olympic Games
— Olympics (@Olympics) 3 december 2018
Venues in Aomi
Odaiba Marine Park – Aquatics (marathon swimming) & Triathlon
Shiokaze Park – Beach volleyball
Aomi Urban Sports Park – Basketball (3×3) / Sport Climbing
Venues in Ariake
Ariake Arena – Volleyball (indoor)
Ariake Gymnastics Centre – Gymnastics
Ariake Urban Sports Park – Cycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing) / Skateboarding
Ariake Tennis Park – Tennis
Two videos by Japan Sportcouncil on YouTube;
|Previous name||New name|
|Olympic Gymnastic Centre||Ariake Gymnastics Centre|
|Olympic BMX Course||Ariake Urban Sports Park|
|Aomi Urban Sports Venue||Aomi Urban Sports Park|
|Seaside Park Hockey Stadium||Oi Hockey Stadium|
|Canoe Slalom Course||Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre|
|Dream Island Archery Field||Yumenoshima Park Archery Field|
|Olympic Aquatics Centre||Tokyo Aquatics Centre|
|Tatsumi International Swimming Center||Tatsumi Water Polo Centre|
|Tsurigasaki Beach Surfing Venue||Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach|
|Izu Mountain Bike Course||Izu MTB Course|
|Yokohama Stadium||Yokohama Baseball Stadium|
|9-16 September 2018||Enoshima Yacht Harbour||Sailing||Sailing's World Cup Series Enoshima||World Sailing/Japan Sailing Federation|
|5-7 October 2018||Tatsumi International Swimming Centre||Aquatics (Water Polo)||Japan Swimming Championships||Japan Swimming Federation|
|27-30 June 2019||Ajinomoto Stadium West Field - Musashino Forest Sport Plaza||Modern Pentathlon||2019 UIPM World Cup Final||Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)|
|6-7 July 2019||Tokyo International Forum||Weightlifting||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Weightlifting (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Weightlifting Association|
|12-18 July 2019||Yumenoshima Park Archery Field||Archery||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Archery (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|21 July 2019||Start : Musashinonomori Park / Finish : Fuji International Speedway||Cycling (Road)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Cycling (Road) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|21-28 July 2019||Musashino Forest Sport Plaza||Badminton||Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open 2019 Badminton Championships||Nippon Badminton Association|
|7-11 August 2019||Sea Forest Waterway||Rowing||2019 World Rowing Junior Championships||World Rowing Federation|
|12-14 August 2019||Equestrian Park / Sea Forest Cross-Country Course||Equestrian (Eventing)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Equestrian (Eventing) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japan Equestrian Federation|
|14-16 August 2019||Kasumigaseki Country Club||Golf||25th 2019 Japan Junior Golf Championship||Japan Golf Association|
|15-18 August 2019||Odaiba Marine Park||Triathlon||2019 Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event / 2019 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay Series Tokyo / 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||2019 ITU Olympic Qualification Event Tokyo Organizing Committee (Tentative)|
|17-21 August 2019||Oi Hockey Stadium||Hockey||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Hockey (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|17-22 August 2019 (with pre-competition activities 15-16 August 2019)||Enoshima Yacht Harbour||Sailing||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Sailing (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|25 August - 1 September 2019||Nippon Budokan||Judo||2019 World Judo Championships||International Judo Federation|
|6-8 September 2019 (9 Sep. 2019)||Nippon Budokan||Karate (Kata / Kumite)||Premier League (Tokyo 2020 Test Event-Karate (TBC))||World Karate Federation _x000D_
(The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games)
|12-15 September 2019||Sea Forest Waterway||Canoe (Sprint)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Canoe (Sprint) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|15 September 2019||Meijijingu Gaien (Start / Finish)||Athletics (Marathon)||Marathon Grand Championship||Japan Association of Athletics Federations|
|26-27 September 2019||Tokyo International Forum||Powerlifting||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Powerlifting (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games / Japanese Para-powerlifting Federation|
|28-29 September 2019||Makuhari Messe Hall C||Goalball||2019 Japan Para Goalball Championships||Japanese Para-Sports Association|
|3-5 October 2019||Makuhari Messe Hall A||Wrestling||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Wrestling (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|6 October 2019||Izu MTB Course||Cycling (Mountain Bike)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Cycling (Mountain Bike) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|12-13 October 2019||Ariake Urban Sports Park||Cycling (BMX Racing)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Cycling (BMX Racing) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|23 October - 3 November 2019||Ariake Tennis Park||Tennis||The 94th Mitsubishi All Japan Tennis Championships||Japan Tennis Association|
|25-27 October 2019||Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre||Canoe (Slalom)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Canoe (Slalom) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|6-10 November 2019||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Table Tennis||2019 ITTF Team World Cup||International Table Tennis Federation|
|21-24 November 2019||Yoyogi National Stadium||Handball||Japan Cup 2019 Tokyo / 71st Japan Handball Championship, Men's Division||Japan Handball Association|
|28 November - 1 December||Ariake Gymnastics Centre||Gymnastics (Trampoline)||34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships||Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique / Japan Gymnastics Association|
|12-15 March 2020||Yoyogi National Stadium||Wheelchair Rugby||2020 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Championships||Japanese Para-Sports Association|
|11-12 April 2020||Izu Velodrome||Cycling (Track)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Cycling (Track) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|11-12 April 2020||Tatsumi Water Polo Centre||Aquatics (Water Polo)||Practice Match||Japan Swimming Federation|
|14-15 April 2020||Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Aquatics (Swimming)||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Aquatics (Swimming) (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|16 April 2020||Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Para Swimming||Tokyo 2020 Test Event - Para Swimming (TBC)||The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|21-26 April 2020||Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Aquatics (Diving)||FINA Diving World Cup 2020||Fédération Internationale de Natation|
|30 April - 3 May 2020||Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Aquatics (Artistic Swimming)||FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament 2020||Fédération Internationale de Natation|
|2-3 May 2020||Olympic Stadium||Para Athletics||2020 Japan Para Athletics Championships||Japanese Para-Sports Association|
|5-6 May 2020||Olympic Stadium||Athletics||Tokyo Challenge Track Meet 2020||Japan Association of Athletics Federations|
Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Ariake Gymnastics Centre – Facts & Figures
- Capacity; 12.000 seats
- Olympics Games: Gymnastics
- Paralympic Games: Boccia
- Head Architect; Hidemichi Takahashi
- Estimated costs; 20.5 million Yen
- Legacy; Convention Centre (2020-2030)
- Dimensions overall roof;
- Width; 90m
- Length; 120mm
- The roof consists of 5 sections
- Second section (raised into place last week)
- Width; 70m
- Length; 15m
- Weight; 200tons
- Material roof: local larch (2.300 cubic meters)
— Tristan Lavier (@trilavier) 7 november 2018
— Tristan Lavier (@trilavier) 7 november 2018
A close-up view of the wooden beam that will be part of the wood roof at the Tokyo Olympics’ new gymnastics venue. pic.twitter.com/dZhQp5Kclc
— Stephen Wade (@StephenWadeAP) 7 november 2018
Read more; Raising the roof on 2020 Tokyo Olympics gymnastics venue [AP]