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SBD Global/November 21, 2013/Olympics
IOC President Leaves Door Open For Baseball's Inclusion In 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Published November 21, 2013
PREPARATIONS ON SCHEDULE: REUTERS' Elaine Lies reported Bach "praised 2020 preparations" and said that he was "unfazed by controversy" about the cost and design of the main Olympic stadium, which is now set to be scaled back from original plans. The spaceship-like stadium was designed by London architect Zaha Hadid, who also designed the aquatics center for the 2012 London Olympics, to "replace the ageing stadium built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics." Officials have said that costs "will be cut by making the stadium building more compact," reducing the space for things such as exhibition rooms, and that plans for 80,000 seats -- up from 54,000 in the current stadium -- "will not change." Bach said, "What I have heard about the Olympic stadium is that there were some plans about adjustments in the building. But it will not affect at all the Olympic stadium as a sports facility" (REUTERS, 11/20).