Tokyo is among the three capitals that are competing for the Olympic Games scheduled for 2020, along with Madrid and Istanbul. The city that will host the 2020 Games will be announced in less than one month, but until then Tokyo’s bidding committee revealed some of the venues that have been specially built for the games.
Among the venues, The Yoyogi Gymnasium, designed by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, is placed where the swimming and basketball events were held during the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the international press reports.
The building is planned to host the handball competitions at the Olympic Games. Close to the Yoyogi Gymnasium is located Tokyo’s National Stadium which can host around 50,000 people and which was built for another edition of the Olympic Games in 1964.
The stadium will be demolished in 2014 and be rebuilt for the 2020 Games, following the design created by award-winning Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. It will have a retractable roof and will also be energy efficient and quake-resistant.
“We are planning to build a completely new stadium with a capacity to seat 80,000 people. That naturally means we cannot expand within this land space so we will also use neighbouring land, which Tokyo Metropolitan Government owns much of. That will be used to build a new stadium,” said Michio Sawasaki, director for planning at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Tokyo bidded for the 2016 Olympic Games as well, but lost the competition. This time, the organizers’ team claims is supported by around 70 percent of Tokyo population.