Olympics: Ioc Executive Board Approves 8 More Tokyo 2020 Venues

Olympics: IOC executive board approves 8 more Tokyo 2020 venuesThe International Olympic Committee's executive board on Monday approved the venues for eight more sports on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program, bringing the total up to 26 with confirmed locations out of the 28 sports currently set to be featured.

The latest approvals were for aquatics, badminton, fencing, rugby, sailing, taekwondo, triathlon and wrestling.

While venues have yet to be confirmed for cycling and soccer, most locations are set roughly one year after Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe announced a review in the face of projected cost overruns.

As a cost-saving measure, several events have been relocated to existing facilities outside of central Tokyo. Fencing, taekwondo and wrestling, originally set to be held at Tokyo Big Sight, are instead confirmed for Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, while badminton and rugby sevens are headed for separate facilities in Chofu city in western Tokyo.

Sailing events will take place at the Enoshima Yacht Harbor in Kanagawa Prefecture, the location used in the 1964 Olympics, and water polo will be moved to the Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

"These venue changes could result in savings of up to $700 million," said Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee director.

Meanwhile, Yoshiro Mori, who heads the organizing committee for the Tokyo games, told reporters that Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee president, expressed concern about delays in building a new national stadium, which is expected to be the main venue for the games.