A few days ago, first ever female governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, said she will stick with the original plan to build Ariake Arena, the projected volleyball venue for the 2020 Olympics, but at a significantly reduced price. Besides volleyball, several other sports should find their place there: basketball, wheelchair basketball, handball, futsal and badminton.
Preliminary plan was to use Yokohama Arena for volleyball instead of building Ariake Arena but due to protests from the Japan Volleyball Association and the Yokohama Municipal Government, this proposal was rejected.
Koike said she was hoping that, following the 2020 Games, Ariake Arena could be used for other sports and events and would remain a legacy venue resembling London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was built for the 2012 Games.
Newest happenings in Tokyo in regard to making plans for the Olympics say that Ariaki Arena is being challenged as some organization members argue that there are plenty of facilities in the Tokyo that can accommodate the sports.
We only hope that they will be able to agree positions on time for the event…