The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the host venues for a number of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games athletic events, including most of the aquatics disciplines.
Swimming, open water, diving and synchronized swimming will all remain at the locations specified in Tokyo’s Olympic bid, but water polo will move to a different, already-existing venue.
Swimming, diving and synchro are set to be held in the soon-to-be-built Olympic Aquatics Centre, which is set to be a $400 million project that will eventually hold an unprecedented 20,000 spectators.
An announcement by the IOC this week confirms that those events will take place in the new facility. The open water competition and the swimming portion of the triathlon will be hosted in the Odaiba Marine Park. The only aquatic sport to move venues is water polo, which will take place in the already-existing Tatsumi International Swimming Centre instead of proposed water polo arena that would have been constructed next to the Olympic Aquatics Centre.
That brings the total number of sports with confirmed 2020 venues to 26, after two rounds of official confirmations from the IOC. A few other sports were moved to already-existing venues: fencing, taekwondo and wrestling, and the IOC reports that those decisions and others will save around $700 million from the proposed Tokyo 2020 construction budget.
The big news for the sport of swimming is that the planned new aquatics facility is now locked in as a venue. The proposed venue will continue to expand spectator seating from previous Olympic Games, and will remain a public aquatic facility after the Games, though the spectator seating will be drastically reduced once the Olympics conclude.