The first meeting with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) coordination commission and Tokyo 2020 ended Friday with IOC vice-president John Coates saying Japanese officials would need to go through the correct channels for any revisions to their plan.
He told reporters following the three-day inspection of Tokyo 2020, “there will be no changes unless there is the full signing-off from all the international federations. We want to see the use of more existing venues and the use of more temporary venues. We would like to see this done as soon as possible, and we would like to know where we are going with the venues”.
Cost concerns prompted Japanese Olympic organizers to review their initial plan of having the majority of venues within an 8-km (five mile) radius of the Athletes’ Village venue.
Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo’s organizing committee president, said a review of existing venue plans was necessary to keep Olympic spending in check. He said “the issue of cost is a critical one. The taxpayers are footing the bill. We will look to see if there is any overlap of waste in terms of venues. We will see if some venues can be used for more than sport. We will have until February to submit our foundation plan”.
One of the venues to be moved is the canoe slalom course at Kasai seaside park following opposition from environmental groups, reports AFP, while basketball and badminton could also be bumped well outside the main waterfront area near the Olympic Village.
According to Tokyo 2020, the total cost of venues is around 150 billion yen ($1.47 billion) including the construction of 10 new facilities, although AFP reports some assembly members are concerned that the price could double.