The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board has approved the venues for road cycling and race walking events. The starting and finishing points for these events will include Tokyo landmarks such as the Imperial Palace Garden in central Tokyo and the Fuji International Speedway circuit near the iconic Mount Fuji. Tokyo 2020 hopes that as well as wowing athletes and spectators during the events themselves, the inclusion of such famous venues will help inspire the public to take up sporting activities after the Games.
Musashinonomori Park will be the starting point of the road cycling events, with special temporary facilities to be set up there. The park is surrounded by forest and people can enjoy the beautiful natural scenery.
Fuji International Speedway, a motor racing circuit not far from the Tokyo metropolitan area, will serve as the finishing point of the road cycling race and additionally as the venue for the road cycling individual time trials. The circuit, used by a number of international motorsport series, boasts the latest technology and facilities required at a world-class sporting event.
The Imperial Palace Garden will serve as the venue for race walking events. Comprising traditional landscaped Japanese gardens and surrounded by historic buildings, it is one of Tokyo's most famous landmarks and tourist attractions.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto commented, “I am glad that we were able to confirm these venues today. I believe that these will serve as a great stage for the athletes and provide an excellent spectator experience. We will continue to work in collaboration with the International Federations to fine tune exact details for the course routes.
“With only two and a half years to go until the Opening Ceremony, we will continue to make steady progress towards delivering a successful Games."
With almost 60 per cent of the venues utilising existing facilities, Tokyo 2020 has embraced one of the Olympic Agenda 2020's key aims – creating a sustainable legacy for future generations.
Imperial Palace Garden
Musashinonomori Park (Photo by Tokyo Metropolitan Government)
Fuji International Speedway