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Sport Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre

09:25  24 october  2020
09:25  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Bach and Mori give pep talk to heads of Olympic delegations

  Bach and Mori give pep talk to heads of Olympic delegations TOKYO (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach and Yoshiro Mori, the head of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, gave an online pep talk Monday to national Olympic committee representatives to allay fears about the postponed games. About 200 national Olympic committees are expected to be represented next year in Tokyo. Organizers held an English-speaking session on Monday for chefs de mission, with French and Spanish sessions scheduled for later in the week. These sessions have been typically held in the host city and were held in Tokyo before the Olympics were postponed.

Tokyo Aquatics Centre has been newly constructed in the Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park. Following the 2020 Games, the venue will host domestic and international competitions. Venue capacities Olympic Aquatics (Swimming, Diving, Artistic Swimming) : 15 , 000 .

Tokyo 's Olympic Aquatics Centre seats 15 , 000 fans. (AFP photo). Construction is 90% complete at the four-storey Aquatics Centre and is due to be finished on Construction on the main venue, the 159 billion yen National Stadium, has been completed and will be unveiled in a gala opening on Dec

Tokyo opened a 15,000-seat swimming venue for the Olympic Games next year on Saturday, with a swimming star diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony.

a man riding a wave on a surfboard in the water: Swimmers, including para-atheletes, took part in a freestyle relay and artistic swimming during the opening ceremony of the Aquatics centre © Behrouz MEHRI Swimmers, including para-atheletes, took part in a freestyle relay and artistic swimming during the opening ceremony of the Aquatics centre

The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.

a close up of a train station: The $523 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February but its grand opening ceremony was postponed © Behrouz MEHRI The $523 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February but its grand opening ceremony was postponed

"I hope top athletes in the world will compete at this venue... I'm already excited," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters.

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Tokyo 2020 organisers on Thursday unveiled the 3 million venue for swimming, diving and artistic swimming that will seat 15 , 000 fans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. Construction is 90 percent complete at the four-storey Aquatics Centre and is due to be finished on schedule by the

TOKYO — Tokyo 2020 organizers on Thursday unveiled the 3 million venue for swimming, diving and artistic swimming that will seat 15 , 000 fans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year. Construction is 90 percent complete at the four-story Aquatics Center and is due to be finished on

Koike said the city hopes to welcome more athletes, promising to host a "successful" Olympics through implementing anti-virus safety measures.

At the ceremony, Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee joined three other athletes in a relay.


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The 20-year-old had been a strong favourite for the 100-metre butterfly gold at the now-postponed Olympic Games before revealing she had leukaemia last year.

After being discharged from hospital in December following ten months of treatment, she resumed training in March, and competitions in August.

The main pool at the Aquatics Centre features a movable wall allowing the 50-metre (164 ft) facility to be converted into two 25-metre (82 ft) pools, with the depth also adjustable.

The building cost 56.7 billion yen ($542 million) but Tokyo hopes to make the most of the facility after the 2020 Games, aiming to attract one million users a year -- 850,000 through swimming competitions and roughly 150,000 casual punters.

The 2020 Games were delayed as Covid-19 spread globally, and are now set to open on July 23, 2021.

With many countries experiencing second or even third waves of infection, there have been doubts about whether the event can be staged at all, but organisers and Olympic officials insist it can be done safely.

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