Published: Friday, 12 June 2015

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the venue locations for another eight sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 including sailing, which will take place in Sagami Bay at the 1964 Games legacy venue of Enoshima Yacht Harbour in Kanagawa-ken, Fujisawa-shi, Japan.

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Enoshima Yacht Harbour To Host Tokyo 2020 Sailing

(Photos: Enoshima Yacht Harbour Facebook)

This is the second major step in the venue master plan review undertaken by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee. It follows the recommendations of the IOC’s Evaluation Commission and the unanimous approval by the IOC Members of Olympic Agenda 2020.

The venue proposals were developed by Tokyo 2020 after close collaboration with the relevant International Federations and in line with Tokyo 2020’s Games vision. This decision is expected to result in savings of approximately US$700 million from the revised Tokyo 2020 construction budget.

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The EB decision sees the venues for the sports of aquatics, badminton, fencing, rugby, sailing, taekwondo, triathlon, and wrestling all now confirmed. Triathlon and all the aquatics disciplines, except water polo, which will move to the existing Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, will remain in their original bid locations.

Other sports moving to existing venues include fencing, taekwondo, and wrestling, which will all be held at Makuhari Messe; rugby, which will move to Tokyo Stadium; and badminton will move to Musashino Forest Sports Centre, which is currently under construction and will also host modern pentathlon events during the 2020 Games.

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This is the second set of venues confirmed by the IOC EB for Tokyo 2020 following the confirmation of 17 sports in their original bid locations and the agreement to move three venues at the EB’s last meeting in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year. The total number of sports with venues confirmed is 26. These two IOC EB decisions have resulted in approximately US$1.7 billion in savings from the revised Tokyo 2020 construction budget.

The venue master plan review has been carried out by Tokyo 2020 and the International Federations in the spirit of Olympic Agenda 2020, which encourages host cities to use existing and temporary venues where possible in order to reduce costs, and following Tokyo 2020’s “athletes first” concept.

The approved venue moves make sure that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village remains at the heart of the Games in both spirit and geography, giving the athletes a great Games experience, while reducing venue costs, and engaging the population of Greater Tokyo much more in the staging of the Games.

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Sailing/Yachting has been an Olympic sport since the Games of the 1st Olympiad, the 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Yokohama was going to be the sailing venue if Japan hosted the Olympics in 1940, but the Games were cancelled due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

A new Olympic trophy was introduced at the 1964 Summer Games. The Tokyo Trophy was awarded to the Flying Dutchman team of Lars Käll and Stig Käll (SWE) for displaying the highest qualities of sportsmanship when they gave up their race to save a competitor, Ian Charles Winter (AUS).