Japan Olympics organizers reviewing Tokyo 2020 venue plans due to cost concerns

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TOKYO – Japan’s Olympics organizers say they are reviewing their plans for the venues of Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Games due to concerns about cost.

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe told a city assembly meeting Tuesday that the overall plan for the venues needs to be revised.

Yoshiro Mori, who heads Tokyo’s Olympic committee, issued a statement later saying that Masuzoe and other members of the committee were in agreement on the need to revise the plan for the venues.

The statement did not refer specifically to plans to replace Tokyo’s National Stadium with a colossal, 80,000-seat facility, the centerpiece of the city’s Olympics bid. The new stadium has caused protests over its size, cost and design.

Mori said the committee was dedicated to creating a “legacy of sports-centred and affluent, healthy living spaces.”

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