Rugby sevens morning sessions at Tokyo 2020 will now finish at 12 noon. © Getty ImagesOlympic Games News
Date : 06 Dec 2018
Tokyo, Japan, December 6, 2018: During its seventh visit to Tokyo from December 3-5, it was clear to the IOC’s Coordination Commission that the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is on track to host unifying Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I can only reiterate what IOC President Thomas Bach said during his recent visit: these Olympic Games will bring people together in a spirit of hope and determination,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates.
“All of the ingredients for success are here. Venues are on time, stakeholders are engaged and you can feel the power of sport everywhere.
“With this high level of preparation, Tokyo 2020 can continue to focus on the particular Tokyo issue of potential adverse weather conditions and the transport issues that these Games face in a city the size of Tokyo.
“I am pleased to see that we have been able to make some important decisions this week, with the timing adjustments to rugby and mountain bike. With less than 600 days to go, we must all maintain the momentum and work together to make the Olympic Games a success in every way, including leaving a lasting legacy as strong as that of 1964.”
As a result of collaboration between the IOC, Tokyo 2020, the IOC Medical & Science Working Group, the relevant International Federations, athlete representatives and Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS), changes to the session competition schedule have been confirmed.
Morning sessions for rugby sevens will now finish by 12pm, while evening sessions will begin at 4.30pm. Likewise, mountain bike will now start at 3pm in order to ensure better conditions for the athletes and spectators.
Work is ongoing on other endurance events like marathon and race walking, with the aim of confirming these events by the end of the year.
The IOC Coordination Commission visited the locations of four Olympic venues, including the Ariake Arena, the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, the Olympic Promenade and Yokohama Stadium.
Both the Ariake Arena, which will host volleyball, and the Ariake Gymnastics Centre are progressing rapidly, with the Arena now more than 40 per cent complete, while the Gymnastics Centre is 50 per cent finished.
The visit concluded with a stop at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.
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