Canoe Centre is fifth Tokyo 2020 venue to be completed from scratch
Five of the eight planned permanent venues for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan have now been completed, as the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre was officially inaugurated over the weekend.
Kasai will host the canoe slalom events at the Olympic games, and represents the first specifically-constructed canoe slalom course to open in Japan. The centre will be able to host up to 7,500 spectators, and after the games will host national and international canoe competitions.
The centre will also be open the general public as a leisure centre, post-Olympics.
Jose Perurena, president of the International Canoe Federation, said: “It has been very impressive watching the development of the Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre, and now we see a world-class venue which will host the planet’s best paddlers at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics”.
The three venues not yet finished are the Olympic Stadium (the sole venue out of these eight that the Japan Sport Council is responsible for; all the others are the remit of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government), the Ariake Arena, and the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
The latter venue will, according to reports, be the last new venue to be completed, and is expected to be finished by February 2020.
Last week it was announced by Tokyo 2020 that the National Staidum is 90-per-cent complete, and that it will officially open in December.
Some 45,000 of the 60,000 permanent seats have already been installed, and the grass surface should be down by the end of the month. The all-weather track will be installed in August and September.
Out of the 43 venues allocated to host Tokyo Olympics events, eight are new and permanent venues which are being constructed from scratch, 25 are existing sites, and 10 will be temporary venues constructed specifically for the event.
Tokyo 2020 organisers said last week that they had underestimated local demand for Olympics tickets, and that as a result of millions of Japanese citizens missing out during the original ballot, a second ticket lottery will be held in August.
Hundreds of thousands of tickets are expected to be available in the second lottery, which will close by 22 August, when the application process for Paralympic Games tickets is scheduled to begin.
Tokyo 2020 said during the bid phase that 7.8 million tickets would be available for the Olympics.