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SBD Global/January 3, 2013/Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Bid Proposes 'Compact Games,' With 85% Of Venues In 8K Radius

A master plan that will be submitted by the Tokyo 2020 bid committee on Monday will transform the possibility of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to a "compact Games," according to the YOMIURI SHIMBUN. The proposal includes competition venues and 87,000 hotel rooms for visitors concentrated within a 10K radius "in a central location." The plan states that its "basic approach is to concentrate 85% of the competition venues within an eight kilometer radius from the Athletes' Village," which will be built in the Harumi waterfront district of Chuo Ward. The plan goes on to emphasize "Tokyo's state-of-the-art public transportation system," which can reportedly carry 25.7 million passengers a day. Furthermore, sections of the Metropolitan Expressway and other main roads totaling about 320km would be designated as "Olympic lanes" for exclusive use by athletes and Games officials (YOMIURI SHIMBUN, 12/31).
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