Tokyo 2020: IOC executive board approves venues for new sports

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Two venue clusters to hold skateboarding, sport climbing, basketball 3×3 and BMX events at Tokyo 2020 have been officially approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.
Both basketball 3×3 and sport climbing will be set up in the temporary Aomi Urban Sports Venue established in the Tokyo Bay Zone close to the Athletes’ Village.
BMX racing and freestyle events and skateboarding will all be held on the Olympic BMX Course also located in the Tokyo Bay Zone in the northern part of Tokyo’s Ariake district. It is hoped that both these urban settings will “inspire new generations and become a blueprint for future Olympic Games”. “The newly-added urban sports such as BMX freestyle and basketball 3×3 are very popular among younger generations and will help us to connect with new fans,” said Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō.
“We are confident that the Ariake and Aomi areas will become symbolic locations for the Tokyo 2020 Games that engage youth from around the world.
“Now that the venues are fixed, we will work in cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to make these areas one of the greatest festival districts in Olympic and Paralympic history. “

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