Ariake Arena confirmed as volleyball venue for Tokyo 2020

 

Architect's impression of Ariake Arena which will be a purpose-built venue for volleyball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2016 - FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° looks forward to making volleyball a "true celebration of the sport’s return to its Olympic birthplace" following confirmation on Friday that volleyball will be played at the Ariake Arena at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as per Tokyo 2020's original proposal.

President Graça said: "I am extremely pleased that the Governor Yuriko Koike has announced that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will proceed with construction of the Ariake Arena.

"The FIVB is grateful for the opportunity for volleyball, which made its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 1964, to be staged in the heart of the city, helping Tokyo in its quest to host one of the greatest Olympic Games ever in 2020. 

"The FIVB now looks forward to working with the IOC, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japan Volleyball Association and all stakeholders involved in making volleyball one of the success stories of Tokyo 2020 in a true celebration of the sport’s return to its Olympic birthplace."



Tokyo sees the Olympic Games return there after they were first hosted in the Japanese capital in 1964. For volleyball there is special significance and emotion, as it was in Tokyo 1964 that the sport was first officially introduced to the Olympic Programme.

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad will begin on Friday 24 July with the Opening Ceremony and wrap up on Sunday 9 August when the Olympic Flame will be extinguished and the Olympic Flag handed over to the organisers of the 2024 Games. Both the Opening and the Closing Ceremonies will be held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, which is undergoing an extensive facelift for the event.

The men's and women's volleyball tournaments will be held at the to-be-built Ariake Arena, designed for 12,000 spectators, on area reclaimed from the sea. The Ariake area will also host cycling, gymnastics and tennis at Tokyo 2020.


Ariake Arena is No. 8 on the map. (Beach volleyball will be held at Shiokaze Park - No. 13 on the map). Click on image to access an interactive map of all the venues on the Tokyo 2020 website.

Tokyo, the first Asian city to host the competition for a second time, has been preparing for the 2020 Olympics since 7 September 2013, when it was awarded the Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its Session in Buenos Aires. Tokyo outbid the other two candidates of Madrid and Istanbul.

The FIVB now looks forward to working with the IOC, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japan Volleyball Association and all stakeholders involved in making volleyball one of the success stories of Tokyo 2020 in a true celebration of the sport's return to its Olympic birthplace.

Looking even further ahead, the hosts of the 2024 Olympic Games will become known on September, 13 2017 at the IOC Session in Lima. Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris are in the running.

Related links:
- Tokyo 2020 official website
- Tokyo 2020 on the IOC website
- 2024 host city election news on the IOC website

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