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Tokyo 2020’s venues are also in good shape. Tokyo has nine new sites, of which Musashino Forest is completed; five venues are under construction; and three others are in the executive design phase. All venues are on time. Engagement is going well, with 43 domestic marketing partners already signed, a national flag tour underway, a national participation programme and a project involving traditional Japanese summer festivals. Finally, Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Ibaraki Kashima Stadium were approved this year for baseball/softball and football respectively. Both are located in areas where the Great East Japan Earthquake hit in 2011. The recovery from this disaster is a major theme of the Tokyo 2020 Games, and organisers believe that hosting the competitions in these areas is a great opportunity to show their appreciation for the support they have received from around the world, as well as to demonstrate the power of sport.
Coordination Commission Chair Alexander Zhukov praised this strong start by the Beijing team, which also includes an impressive marketing and communications programme that has seen Beijing 2022 already sign its first three domestic partners, 4,506 applications submitted in the emblem design competition, numerous programmes delivered to encourage young Chinese into winter sports, and planning getting underway in earnest for Beijing’s handover segment at the PyeongChang 2018 Games.