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Volume 7 No. 149


Venues for Tokyo 2020 "remain on track to be completed in time for test events scheduled for later this year," according to Jack Tarrant of REUTERS. Test events for sailing and water polo have "already been held" but the bulk of testing is due to begin this summer, including at venues purpose-built for the Games. In addition to the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic and Paralympic athletes village, Tokyo Metropolitan Government is "building eight new competition venues for the Games." During a media venue tour on Tuesday, TMG organizers said that "construction goals were being met." Ariake Arena Venue Dir Tomohiro Terasawa said, “Each arena is preparing for the test events scheduled for around summer and construction is proceeding smoothly.” The Ariake Arena, which will "host volleyball and wheelchair basketball," was 51% completed as of January. The Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which will "host swimming and diving, is also over half completed," while the Sea Forest Waterway, due to hold a rowing test event as early as August, is almost 80% finished (REUTERS, 2/12).