Oct 19, 2016

    IOC considers hosting some 2020 events in South Korea


    THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking into hosting rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events for the 2020 Summer Games in South Korea, if agreement cannot be reached to keep the venue for the races in Tokyo, Japanese media said yesterday.

    Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike ordered a review of Olympic expenses that last month recommended changing three venues to save money.

    One of the changes would mean moving rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events some 400km north of Tokyo to use existing facilities rather than building new ones in the capital.

    Both IOC and international rowing federation favour the original plan.

    If they fail to reach an agreement on the Tokyo site, known as the Sea Forest Waterway, the IOC is looking into hosting the events in the South Korean city of Chungju, where rowing events were held for the 2014 Asian Games, media reports said.

    Reforms known as Agenda 2020, carried out under IOC president Thomas Bach with the aim of making the Olympics more sustainable, allow hosts to use facilities in other cities or even countries if it makes financial and practical sense.