INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVED VENUES FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS.
The Executive Committee heard updates and reports from PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee on the progress of Beijing 2020 and Paris 2024 and approved venues for Road Cycling and Race Walking events at Tokyo 2020.
Beginning at Musashinonmori Park, the men’s and women’s ‘Road Cycling Race’ will finish at Fuji International speedway passing through spectacular natural scenery. The technical race course will project glimpses of the magnificent Mt. Fuji as the backdrop.
A proposal to change the venue for ‘Road Cycling Race-individual time trial’ from Tokyo 2020 has been accepted by the IOC. Considering the recommendations from the Olympic Agenda 2020, to finish at Fuji International Speedway, the race will be held in the existing venue which will limit the need for overlay and simplify the operations.
The venue for ‘20kms and 50 kms Race Walk’ is the famous Imperial Gardens in Central Tokyo. While the athletes ‘Race Walk’ on the technical course, the spectators watch it amidst traditional Japanese garden and historic buildings. After the start and finish locations have been agreed upon, now, only the exact fine tuning of the course will be finalized by the co-operation of respective International Federations.
The Executive Board also approved the qualification system and criteria for 31 sporting events at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The qualifying criteria for weightlifters have also been included. The revised criteria will focus on the allocation of athlete rather than NOC ensuring increased participation at three distinct periods.
The President Lee Hee-beom of the PyeongChang 2018 Organizing Committee (POCOG) and the Chairperson of IOC Coordination Commission Gunilla Lindberg, presented their respective reports on finalizing aspects for the Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018. Increased ticket sales for the game and increasing growth of winter sport in the Republic of Korea were reported in the aspects. They strongly communicated plans for cultural events and their efforts in organizing the event embracing peace.