Tokyo: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is looking into hosting rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events for the 2020 Summer Games in
One of the changes would mean moving rowing and canoe/kayak sprint events some 400 km (250 miles) north of
That figure is some four times the initial estimates made when
Both the IOC and international rowing federation favour the original plan to keep the venue in
If they failed to reach an agreement on the
IOC president Thomas Bach meets Koike later on Tuesday, and the venue change is set to be high on the agenda.
Reforms known as "Agenda 2020", carried out under 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.
Hikariko Ono, spokesperson for the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, said they were aware of the story.
"However, Tokyo 2020 has never considered outside
"The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee considers that the Sea Forest Waterway is the best possible venue for these sports."
They were forced to scrap an initial design for the centrepiece National Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies, because it was too expensive, and had to redesign the logo for the Games following accusations of plagiarism.
An Asahi poll found that 78 percent of respondents favoured Koike's proposal, which includes changing venues for volleyball and swimming as well as rowing and canoe/kayak sprints.
According to the same poll, 78 percent of respondents also said they felt Olympic preparations "were not proceeding smoothly."...