Tokyo 2020 venues ‘fantastic’ as Olympic committees get a peek

first_imgTokyo’s use of existing venues will delight the International Olympic Committee, which has been criticized when cities have built “white elephant” sports venues.The most recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro left behind a half-dozen venues that are not being adequately utilized.Rio built a cycling velodrome that has caught fire twice since the Olympics ended two years ago. Several arenas in the Olympic Park are largely vacant, and a newly built golf course has struggled to find players.“It was obviously more challenging for Brazil because it was the first (Olympics) in South America, so they didn’t have that history, tradition of hosting games,” England said. “The games were very different in Rio de Janeiro. The two are not comparable. The state of readiness if very, very well advanced in Tokyo.”In addition to Britain, nations on the venue tour included: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Guatemala, Serbia, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Monaco and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT “We haven’t had many questions to ask the organizing committee because the venues have been absolutely fantastic,” England said.The tour Tuesday marked the committees’ first visit to Tokyo since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTokyo’s Metropolitan Gymnasium was among the venues. It was built in 1954 and hosted gymnastics for the 1964 Olympics. It will be the venue for table tennis in two years and sits next to the new Olympic stadium, which is under construction.“In this venue here today — historical and traditional though it is — we can see that it is in absolutely superb condition,” England said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “National Olympic committees feed off of each other when we’re talking and asking questions,” England said. “Some of us go back a number of games, so we know each other well. And you can see this is a terrific opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery No perms next? Chinese football fans slam tattoo ‘ban’ National Olympic Committee members from a dozen countries inspect a Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics venue at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — A dozen national Olympic committees have been given a quick look at Tokyo’s venue preparations for the 2020 Summer Games.Mark England of the British Olympic Association says they were impressed.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more