Tokyo 2020

Tokyo says sayonara to National Stadium as row over redesign continues

By Duncan Mackay

Japan's three-time Olympic wrestling gold medalist Saori Yoshida lights a torch during the farewell ceremony for the National Stadium in Tokyo ©AFP/Getty ImagesA crowd of 40,000 gathered today for a special farewell ceremony at Tokyo's National Stadium before it is closed for reconstruction in time for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, but the event was overshadowed by the continuing bitter row over the plans for the redesign.

Downscaled design approved for Tokyo 2020 Stadium

By Nick Butler

A latest projection of the new National Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 stadium ©Japan Sport CouncilThe Japan Sports Council has unveiled a smaller design for the National Stadium in Tokyo, centrepiece for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, after much criticism of the initial designs.

Second petition launched against "too big and too expensive" Zaha Hadid-designed Tokyo 2020 stadium

By Nick Butler

Several petitions have been launched against the proposed Olympic Stadium, pictured in an artistic impression ©Japan Sport CouncilA second petition has been launched by a rival Tokyo architect into the composition of the Zaha Hadid-designed Olympic Stadium due to host athletics, football, rugby sevens and both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Tokyo 2020.

National Stadium hosts last sporting event ahead of Tokyo 2020 rebuild

By Paul Osborne

A ceremony was held at the National Stadium in Tokyo today to commemorate the venues 56-year history before it is reconstructed ahead of Tokyo 2020 ©Tokyo 2020Tokyo's National Stadium, the centrepiece of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, saw its last ever sporting event today as it gets set to be demolished and replaced by a new Olympic Stadium ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

British Prime Minister sabotaged Madrid 2020 bid in row over Gibraltar, it is claimed

By Duncan Mackay

Madrid has bid unsuccessfully for the last three Olympics and Paralympics ©Getty ImagesBritain deliberately sabotaged Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics because of a dispute over Gibraltar, it has been claimed.

UK to collaborate with Japan on Tokyo 2020 and 2019 Rugby World Cup

By Emily Goddard

Shinzō Abe (centre) witnessed the signing a Memorandum of Cooperation between Japan and the United Kingdom for the Tokyo 2020 and 2019 Rugby World Cup preparations ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe United Kingdom has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that will see it working closely with Japan on its preparations to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Tokyo 2020 will give Japan "momentum" to recover from earthquake, promises Prime Minister

By Duncan Mackay

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at first meeting of the Cabinet to discuss preparations for Tokyo 2020 ©The Asahi Shimbun'Getty ImagesApril 22 - Tokyo 2020 will help Japan show how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised today.

Tokyo 2020 announce Dentsu as marketing agency

By Zjan Shirinian

Tokyo 2020 has set its revenue target for domestic marketing programmes ©Getty Images April 17 - Tokyo 2020 has appointed Dentsu Inc. as its marketing agency, with organisers revealing they hope to make 150 billion Japanese yen (£870 million/$1.46 billion/€1 billion) from domestic marketing programmes.

Tokyo 2020 under fire for appointing "sexist" music producer

By Duncan Mackay

A petition called "No to Yasushi Akimoto" has been set-up to protest about the music producer's appointment to the Executive Board of Tokyo 2020 ©change.orgMarch 20 - A new row has erupted over the composition of the Executive Board overseeing Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics with a petition having been set-up to protest against the inclusion of music producer Yasushi Akimoto, creator of the girl group AKB4.
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