Track cycling at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics will take place in Izu ©Tokyo 2020

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed that track cycling at Tokyo 2020 will take place in Izu, a city 120 kilometres away from the Japanese capital.

The decision follows the news that Olympic events will also take place at the velodrome in Shizuoka Prefecture, to the south of the host city.

Organisers in Tokyo have made several changes to their venue blueprint as part of a bid to save an estimated $1 billion (£650 million/€890 million) - a move backed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in February 2015.

As Izu already boasted a velodrome, this was seen as a more frugal option than building a new facility in the capital, although the International Cycling Union (UCI) expressed fears that being away from Tokyo would spoil the Games experience.

The IOC has insisted that this will not be the case, however, as cyclists who will be taking part in Izu will be able to stay at the main Athletes Village before and after their competitions.

Members of the IPC Governing Board met in Bonn today and decided to follow the IOC's lead, although the Izu velodrome will still need significant work to get it up to required standards.

They also approved the Tokyo International Forum as the powerlifting venue, meaning 21 venues have now been approved for the Tokyo Paralympics.

Football five-a-side and road cycling still need to be approved.

Izu lies to the south of Tokyo
Izu lies to the south of Tokyo ©Google Maps

Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, said: “The IPC now has approved 21 of the 23 venues that form part of Tokyo 2020’s athlete-first Paralympic Games venue master-plan.

"We are delighted to make great progress in finally securing the powerlifting and track cycling venues and look forward to approving the football five-a-side and road cycling venues in the future.

“Tokyo 2020 is currently conducting a number of studies into both the football venue and road cycling course in order to ensure both provide the best possible experience for the athletes.

"We hope once the studies are complete we can approve both venues at our earliest opportunity.”

Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020 chief executive, said: “I am very pleased that the International Paralympic Committee has given its approval to the two new venues.

"The powerlifting and track cycling competitions will take place in venues that will be an ideal fit for the specific requirements of these Paralympic sports.

“We are delivering on our commitment to achieving an athlete-first Games concept, and are looking forward to witnessing stunning performances in these venues that will inspire the next generation of athletes.”

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between August 25 and September 6.