Tokyo 2020 Olympic Equestrian Events Moved to 1964 Games Venue
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The 2020 Olympic equestrian events in Tokyo will be at the same location where horse sports performed at the 1964 Games in a change of venue approved by the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC Executive Board approved the change to Baji Koen, the Japan Racing Authority-owned facility to host dressage, jumping and the eventing dressage and jumping phases. Eventing cross country remains at Sea Forest, also known as Umi no Mori, in Tokyo Bay.
The switch to Baji Koen also moves equestrian sport to the center of the Olympic cluster. The use of an existing facility is also in line with the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations on both costs and sustainability.
In Tokyo’s original bid, 33 per cent of the venues were using pre-existing facilities, but the changes announced Friday increased that to 50 percent.
According to the IOC, combined savings resulting from venue changes to equestrian, basketball and canoe slalom will slash $1 billion (€890 million) from the Olympic construction budget.