Over 50% Tokyo 2020 venues ready well ahead of time

Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for the Olympics Games next year, is running ahead of time in its preparations for sports biggest…

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Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for the Olympics Games next year, is running ahead of time in its preparations for sports biggest quadrennial competitions. More than half of all new permanent Tokyo 2020 venues have been completed with just over one year to go until the Olympic Games.

Most of the venues are ready on or before their scheduled deadline, and others are on course to meet the timeline for construction and finishing. This shows the Games’ preparations are well on track as the Organising Committee heads confidently towards the “One Year to Go” milestone, Tokyo 2020 has stated in a report.

The Tokyo 2020 Games will use a total of 43 venues, including 8 new permanent strutures, 25 existing sites and 10 temporary venues. The preparation of all venues is progressing according to schedule.

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New Permanent Venues Organisation




% Completion
1 Musashino Forest

Sport  Plaza

Tokyo Metropolitan

Government (TMG)

Mar 2017 Completed
2 Yumenoshima Park

Archery Field

TMG Feb 2019 Completed
3 Sea Forest Waterway TMG May 2019 Completed
4 Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre TMG May 2019 Completed**
5 Oi Hockey Stadium TMG Jun.2019 Completed
6 Olympic Stadium Japan Sport Council Nov 2019 90%
7 Ariake Arena TMG Dec 2019 83%
8 Tokyo Aquatics Centre TMG Feb 2020 75%

 *As of June 2019
**Canoe slalom course only completed, administrative building to be completed at a later date

A world-class venue

Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre is the latest venue to be officially inaugurated. It will host the canoe slalom competitions at the Olympic Games. Constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, it is the first manmade canoe slalom course in Japan.

Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre was officially inaugurated on July 6 (Saturday).

The competition course is approximately 200-metre long; there is also a warm-up course and a finishing pool. Temporary seating will be available during the Games, allowing the Centre to host up to 7,500 spectators.

The venue will host six days of competitions in four events – Kayak (K-1) Men and Women as well as Canoe Single (C-1) Men and Women – during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“It has been very impressive watching the development of the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, and now we see a world-class venue which will host the planet’s best paddlers at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” commented International Canoe Federation President Jose Perurena.

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“It is not just the slalom course which is incredible. The effort that has been made to ensure the best possible experience for spectators and media is also second-to-none, which will guarantee a memorable Games for all involved.

“On behalf of the International Canoe Federation, I congratulate all who have been part of the development of this fantastic venue. And I know I speak on behalf of the entire canoeing community when I say we cannot wait to showcase our sport at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre. It is sure to be one of our greatest Olympic venues ever.”

Following the Tokyo 2020 Games, the course will be used for national and international canoe competitions.

The Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre will also be open to the general public, who will be able to enjoy sport and leisure activities including canoeing and rafting. Perfectly integrated into its surroundings, the venue adjoins Kasai Rinkai Park which already boasts a Ferris wheel and barbecue areas and is served by a water bus, making it the perfect choice for a family day out.

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