Rowing body restates opposition to moving 2020 Olympic venue

The international rowing federation has reiterated its opposition to moving the rowing venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

A panel of Tokyo city government experts has recommended relocating rowing and canoeing to an existing site about 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of Tokyo, after the projected cost for a new venue in Tokyo Bay rose to $490 million, seven times the initial estimate.

IOC President Thomas Bach and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike met this week and agreed to set up multi-party talks on cost reductions for the games. Bach, however, reminded Tokyo to stick within current venue plans.

The World Rowing Federation says in a statement that the Sea Forest site in Tokyo “is the only venue in Japan which can meet the requirements for an Olympic Games regatta.”

It says it looks forward to “continuing to find financial savings and operational efficiencies for Sea Forest while ensuring a world-class field of play.”

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