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IOC Gives Tokyo Golf Venue Ultimatum To Admit Women Or Lose 2020 Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 21 / 17

IOC VP John Coates said that the club scheduled to host golf at the 2020 Tokyo Games "must allow women to have full membership or organizers will have to find another venue," according to Kwiyeon Ha of REUTERS. The private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama prefecture, which is set to ho...

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Hadid Alleges Collusion In Stadium Debacle

Architect Zaha Hadid, whose design for the new National Stadium was scrapped over "sky-high" costs, "has lashed out at a replacement chosen Tuesday," according to KYODO. She "alleged collusion by authorities and Japanese architects to kill off her project." A blueprint by rival Kengo Kuma "was picke ...

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Tokyo 2020 Creating Headache For PM Abe

Japan PM Shinzo Abe's hopes of using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to boost the int'l prestige of his country -- and his leadership -- "are only causing him Olympian-sized headaches," according to Kirk Spitzer of USA TODAY. This week, Abe announced that Japan "selected a new traditiona ...

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Japan Picks Tokyo 2020 Stadium Design

After scrapping the first design in July, the Japanese government Tuesday "picked a less-costly and greenery-rich plan by architect Kengo Kuma for the new National Stadium that will serve as the centerpiece of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. The winning propo ...

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Toyoda Resigns From Tokyo 2020

Preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics "sank deeper into trouble on Monday when the president of Toyota abruptly stepped down" from the Games’ main organizing committee, according to Leo Lewis of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The resignation of Akio Toyoda, whose company has "taken an unprecedented" ...

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Mark Hammett Named Sunwolves Coach

New Zealander Mark Hammett "was confirmed as the inaugural coach of Japan's new Super Rugby team the Sunwolves on Monday," according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. The former All Blacks player, who had four seasons in charge at the Wellington Hurricanes, "also revealed the Tokyo and Singapore-based t ...

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Tokyo 2020 Facing Budget Increase

Japanese public broadcaster NHK said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will cost the organizing committee "six times than their original estimate," and come in at around 1.8T yen ($14.9B), according to Junko Fujita of REUTERS. The cost blow out "was caused by unexpected payments for building lanes ...

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JSC Begins Talks On New Stadium Bids

The Japan Sport Council began three days of deliberations with experts including the Japan Olympic Committee and athletes "who will provide their input on two designs proposals that have been shortlisted to be the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo," according to XINHUA. The ...

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Tokyo Olympic Stadium Designs Unveiled

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Tokyo, Government Reach Stadium Deal

After months of dispute over the cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Olympics, the central and metropolitan governments "reached a deal Tuesday in which Tokyo will shoulder" 39.5B yen ($321M) of the estimated 158.1B yen ($1.2B) construction cost, according to Shusuke Murai of the JAPAN TIMES. Foll ...

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Tokyo To Foot At Least $33M Of Stadium Bill

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