• Kyodo


The shakeup of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics continued on Thursday with taekwondo potentially headed to Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture.

Already rocked earlier this week by the significant changes posed to the design of the new National Stadium, taekwondo now could be moved outside the Japanese capital to neighboring Chiba.

The Japan Taekwondo Association said World Taekwondo Federation president Choue Chung-won will lead a June 1 inspection visit of Makuhari Messe, a major international convention center.

To minimize travel, JTA president Noboru Kanehara said an Olympic lane will have to be installed from the athletes’ village to Makuhari Messe.

“We’re not hearing any major complaints,” Kanehara said. “We don’t consider this to be that big of an issue.”

Taekwondo was originally set to be held at Tokyo Big Sight along with wrestling and fencing, but the complex lacked space with the International Broadcast Center also being housed there.

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