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Friday, November 29, 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

Shigefumi Matsuzawa, Member, House of Councillors & Former Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture

Language: The speech will be in English and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation


In summer test events carried out by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee, a number of heat-related issues arose, resulting in athletes needing medical attention for heatstroke and one event being curtailed because of high temperatures. This month, the IOC unilaterally ordered Tokyo to relocate the prestigious Olympic marathon and walking events to Sapporo, a move heavily criticized by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike amongst others.

Shigefumi Matsuzawa, a member of the Japanese House of Councillors, is now asking the IOC to move the Olympic golf tournament from Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama to the oceanside Wakasu Links in Tokyo or some other more appropriate venue. Kasumigaseki, Matsuzawa claims, is likely to be dangerously hot. In a letter addressed to IOC President Thomas Bach, he also says that Kasumigaseki does not satisfy the IOC's venue requirements in terms of operating costs, post-Olympics legacy, access and accommodation.

Matsuzawa will come to the Club to explain his request to the IOC president and his reasons for seeking a change in the golf venue.


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