IOC Executive Board approves venues for Tokyo 2020
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today approved the venues for road cycling and race walking events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The EB also heard updates from the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee, as well as reports on the progress of Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024.
The women’s and men’s cycling road race will begin at the Musashinonomori Park, which features beautiful natural scenery, and will finish at the renowned Fuji International Speedway. The technical course will be punctuated with views of Mt Fuji rising in the background.
Similarly, the IOC Executive Board also accepted Tokyo 2020’s proposal to change the start and finish of the men’s and women’s road cycling individual time trial events to the Fuji International Speedway. In keeping with recommendations from Olympic Agenda 2020, the event will be organised in an existing venue, therefore limiting the need for overlay, as well as simplifying operations.
The 20km and 50km race walk events are confirmed to begin and end in central Tokyo at the famed Imperial Palace Gardens. While the athletes compete on a technical course, spectators can watch the race surrounded by traditional Japanese gardens and historic buildings. With the start and finish locations agreed upon, the exact course details will be fine-tuned in cooperation with the respective International Federations.
The EB also approved the qualification system for 31 sports at the Tokyo Games, which included criteria for the qualification of weightlifters. The revised criteria will focus on allocation by athlete rather than NOC and an increase of event participation in three distinct periods and at least one participation in each of those periods.
President Lee Hee-beom of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) and Gunilla Lindberg, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, presented their respective reports on the final touches being made to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which included an update on the increase of ticket sales for the Games, the growth of winter sport in the Republic of Korea, its strong communications and culture plans, and efforts related to organising Games embracing peace.
“We are deeply impressed by your work,” IOC President Thomas Bach said to PyeongChang Organising Committee President Lee after his presentation to the Executive Board. “We would like to congratulate you very warmly for the excellent job being done under your leadership by the POCOG team. These results make us fully confident that we will have excellent Winter Games here in PyeongChang, and that we will be able to send a message beyond sport from PyeongChang and Korea to the world.”
The ad-interim Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022, Juan Antonio Samaranch, spoke on behalf of the Organising Committee, updating the EB on the impressive progress Beijing has made in its sponsorship programme. IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi also contributed to the report, remarking on the encouraging completion of the Environment Impact Assessment for the Yanqing zone, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The Beijing-Zhangjiakou Intercity Railway will reduce travel to around 50 minutes between the two cities.
IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell rounded out the presentation when he spoke on the strong progress Beijing 2022 has made towards fulfilling its goal to engage 300 million Chinese citizens with winter sports. With the International Federations having already submitted proposals for 2022 event programme and athlete quotas, final decisions on the programme will be made at the July EB meeting this year.
Christophe Dubi also reported on the recent creation of the Organising Committee for Paris 2024 and its appointment of several key personnel, including the CEO, Sports Director, Venues Director and Legacy Director.