IOC Executive Board approves Tokyo 2020 venue
During its second day of meetings, the IOC Executive Board (EB) listened to reports from the PyeongChang, Tokyo and Beijing Organising Committees on plans to deliver each of their respective Olympic Games.
Following the presentation from Tokyo 2020, the Executive Board confirmed the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium as a venue for the football competition at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium is one of the top football stadiums in Japan. The venue, which is known for its dynamic atmosphere, was damaged during the 2011 earthquake, but is again fully operational following assistance from FIFA and various stakeholders.
Tokyo 2020 also reinforced its commitment to finding further efficiencies in its budget, as well as ensuring all of Japan is inspired by the Olympic Games via initiatives such as its Medal Project, Mascot Selection Process, and nationwide Olympic and Paralympic Flag Tour.
Led by PyeongChang 2018 Executive Vice President Jae-youl Kim, the Organising Committee was on site in Lausanne to present updates on progress towards hosting the Olympic Winter Games 2018. With 240 days to go until the Games kick off in the Republic of Korea, the PyeongChang Olympic Village and media village units are already sold out as part of the Games' legacy. The Gangneung Olympic Village also enjoys high demand, with seven bidders per unit.
Having successfully carried out 22 test events for Olympic Winter sports in the last year, which reinforced infrastructure readiness, PyeongChang 2018 is focused on engaging with the public, as well as revising plans to ensure both fans and athletes enjoy the best environments possible.
IOC President Thomas Bach and IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg spoke of the Republic of Korea’s recently elected President Jae-in Moon’s strong support for PyeongChang 2018 following their recent meeting.
IOC Coordination Commission Chair for Beijing 2022, Alexander Zhukov, presented key priorities for the Beijing Organising Committee, which includes the finalisation of the venue master plan, working with International Federations to identify sport managers and further developing the concept to host “green, inclusive, open and clean” Winter Games.