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Friday, 27 June 2014

IOC warns Tokyo over potential 2020 venue changes


TOKYO —
Any plans Tokyo has to change venues for the 2020 Olympics will first have to be approved by the relevant sport’s world governing body, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Friday.
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe recently ordered a review of venue plans because of concerns about costs, but IOC Vice President John Coates insisted Japanese officials would need to go through the correct channels for any revisions.
“There will be no changes unless there is the full sign-off from all the international federations,” Coates told reporters at the end of the IOC’s first three-day visit to the 2020 Olympic host city.
“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.”
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Tokyo officials estimate the total cost of venues at around 150 billion yen, including the construction of 10 new facilities, although some assembly members fear the price could double. [which could be used to help at Fuku]
Coates, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on reports that Mori wanted overseas athletes to set up training camps near Fukushima, site of a triple nuclear meltdown following the devastating tsunami in March, 2011.
“We have no details of specific locations,” he said, asked about a possible risk of exposure to radiation. “But I’m sure national Olympic committees would be mindful of that.”
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