Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul battle for 2020 Olympic Games

Three cities, from as many continents, have delivered their Candidature files to the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, signalling the final stage in the battle to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The election of the winning city will take place on 7 September at 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires


Madrid 2020 Masterplan

The Madrid 2020 Games masterplan concept positions the venues in two zones subdivided into four clusters:

  • Campo de las Naciones Zone: Located in the east of the city, this zone comprises two clusters, the Olympic Park and IFEMA, housing 14 competition venues, the Olympic and Paralympic Village, the Media Village, the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) and the Main Press Centre (MPC). This area is located on land which will see future urban growth in the city and be equipped with infrastructure planned for public use, such as cycle lanes and new Metro stations.
    • Olympic Park Cluster Madrid Stadium (Olympic Stadium): opening and
      closing ceremonies and athletics competitions (existing, permanent works required). Aquatic Centre, for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming (existing, permanent works required). Gymnastics Pavilion, for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline (additional). Velodrome, the venue for track cycling (temporary). BMX Track (temporary).
    • IFEMA Cluster: IFEMA Trade Fair Centre Halls (existing), for badminton, wrestling, fencing, weightlifting, judo,
      boxing, taekwondo and table tennis. The IBC will also be located here (existing). MPC in the Palacio de Congresos conference centre (existing), annexed to the IFEMA. Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium for Rugby (existing). Ciudad Real Madrid, for hockey (existing).
  • Manzanares Zone: Located in the west of the city, this Zone comprises the Club de Campo and Casa de Campo Clusters. This Zone is positioned in an environmental regeneration area in the west, where the River Manzanares, which crosses the city, and the surrounding greenbelt area have been restored and opened up for public use. The entire zone will be improved and extended through the installation of the Madrid/ Getafe Regatta Centre, which will provide new sports and recreational facilities for the general public.
    • Club de Campo Cluster: La Zarzuela Hippodrome, for equestrian (existing, permanent works required). Club de Campo Villa de Madrid (CCVM) for archery(existing).  CCVM for modern pentathlon (existing). CCVM golf course, for golf (existing).
    • Casa de Campo Cluster: Casa de Campo circuit for Mountain bike and triathlon (existing). Madrid Arena for handball (existing).
    • The Manzanares Zone also includes other venues not located within a cluster: Caja Mágica, for tennis (existing), Madrid/Getafe Regatta Centre, for rowing, canoe/kayak (sprint) and marathon swimming (additional).
  • 7 individual venues are positioned at historic sites and landmarks within the city itself.

Download the Madrid 2020 Candidature file here

Tokyo 2020 Masterplan

The Tokyo 2020 Games plan, has incorporated:

  • Historic venues dating from the 1964 Games, modernised and refurbished to extend their legacy for at least another 50 years. The centrepiece of the 1964 legacy venues will be the new Olympic Stadium – the first in Games history to have a retractable roof. It will blend the history and tradition of the site, with Tokyo’s renowned innovation and technology to create a new domestic and international sporting icon, which will stage the Tokyo 2020 Opening and Closing Ceremony and other similarly high-profile sport events for decades to come. Among the other 1964 venues that will also benefit from modernisation is Yoyogi National Stadium, which will host Handball.
  • New permanent venues that will herald a new legacy, bringing much-needed new facilities to city centre living. And finally temporary venues, located in spectacular oceanside settings overlooking Tokyo Bay, and offering incredible locations for broadcasters and competitors alike. The new permanent venues will provide the sports legacy backbone to the long-term development of the Tokyo Bay area. This area is the future of Tokyo, where new projects and redevelopment schemes will deliver new commercial and residential property as well as entertainment and leisure facilities.
  • During the Games, Tokyo Bay will also host a range of state-of-the-art temporary venues, set against the backdrop of the city’s landmarks such as the new Tokyo Sky-tree. Sports such as Sailing and Triathlon will be staged in iconic locations, ideal for athletes, spectators and television viewers throughout the world.

Download the Tokyo 2020 Candidature file here


Istanbul 2020 Masterplan

The İstanbul 2020 Games Master Plan proposes a total of 37 competition venues, comprising:

  • The largest of the four zones, the Olympic City Zone is located in the city’s populous and important western growth region, with significant existing and planned transport infrastructure.The Olympic City Cluster comprises the İstanbul Olympic ParkPrecinct with 11 venues including the existing Atatürk Olympic Stadium. The development of the Olympic City Cluster will establish a new
    geographical heart for the high-growth western expansion of the City of İstanbul. The Esenler Cluster includes three new venues (Olympic Basketball Centre, Esenler Golf Club and National Equestrian Centre) that deliver sporting legacy facilities for the proximate post-Games Olympic City population and the adjacent military academy.
  • Home to the historic sites along the Marmara Sea shoreline, the Coastal Zone is currently the site of significant regeneration and restoration programmes. This zone includes many of the most significant historic sites in İstanbul, dating back to ancient empires, including the city walls and the Golden Gate, once the ceremonial entrance to the ancient city. The Old City Cluster incorporates three venues (Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Marina and Golden Gate Arena), a live site and an elevated spectator plaza to enable optimal viewing for road events in this picturesque location. Linked to the Old City Cluster by a linear waterfront park, the Ataköy Cluster comprises the Ataköy Precinct (three venues – Ataköy Dome, Ataköy Arena and Olympic Velodrome) and the Ataköy Marina in an attractive coastal area.
  • Located in the heart of the old city, the Bosphorus Zone provides the stage for hosting events concurrently on the European and Asian sides of the city, activating the majestic waterway for competition and public events. The Port Cluster comprises the Port Precinct (five venues – Bosphorus Stadium, Bosphorus Rowing Centre, Bosphorus Beach Volleyball Centre, National Volleyball Centre and Bosphorus Archery Park), the Kadıköy Stadium and the redeveloped Haydarpaşa Port, generating significant public space on the waterfront. Two venues (İnönü Stadium and Congress Valley Auditorium) make up the Taksim Cluster.
  • Situated in the north of the city, the Belgrad Forest is undergoing a major remediation programme to return green space to İstanbul residents. Already well served by Metro, road infrastructure in the zone will be upgraded to improve connectivity. This cluster comprises the Belgrad Forest Precinct (three venues – Belgrad Forest Cycle Park, Olympic Whitewater Stadium and the National Shooting Centre), as well as the Seyrantepe Stadium.

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Download the Istanbul 2020 Candidature file here

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