— Published 29 October 2021

The Olympic Stadium will keep its track

Good news for the Japanese athletics. According to a source “close to the case”, quoted by the agency Kyodo News, the Japanese government would have given up its project to withdraw the track of the National Stadium, the site of the athletics events of the Tokyo 2020 Games. In 2017, three years before the initial date of the Olympic and Paralympic event, the authorities had announced that the track would be removed after the Tokyo Games. It was then planned to transform the stadium into a venue dedicated to soccer and rugby. But, very quickly, the question arose about the cost of the work and the profitability of a facility used only by two team sports. The debate has now been settled. The National Stadium will remain as it is now, an option that allows the Japanese Athletics Federation to pursue its bid to host the 2025 outdoor World Championships. Currently in the hands of the Japan Sports Council, a public institution, the management of the stadium will soon be transferred to a private operator.