Masuzoe briefs IOC president on venue review

JIJI, Staff Report

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe met International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Friday to explain his plan to review venues planned for the 2020 Olympics.

“President Bach told us to have better contact with each international sports federation,” Masuzoe told reporters at a Tokyo hotel following the meeting with Bach, who was here to sign a sponsorship deal with Bridgestone Corp.

The organizing committee for the 2020 Olympics has agreed to review the facilities planned for the event, as proposed by Masuzoe earlier.

After discussing the matter and consulting other groups, committee President Yoshiro Mori said Thursday that they will stick to the basic principle of building 85 percent of all venues in an 8-km radius.

The review plan was conveyed to John Coates, chair of the International Olympic Committee’s coordination panel for the games, Mori said.