Japan will splash out $400 million for a new aquatic center just in time for the Olympic Games in 2020.
Tokyo said it has allocated $4.6 billion to build 22 of the 37 Olympic venues from scratch, where 28 sports and a total of 306 events will be held.
Aside from the $1 billion slated for refurbishing its 1964 Olympic stadium and athletes’ village, swimming will feature the single largest investment by Japan for the summer games.
The new Olympic aquatic center will be built to hold spectators and house synchronize swimming, diving and water polo.
The location will be the same as the current Tatsumi International Aquatic Center in Tokyo, where most national championships are currently held. The facility has a capacity to seat 5,000 people at most.
Meanwhile, Japanese swimmers said it would be a dream come true to be compete at home.
400 IM world champion Daiya Seto said he has his sights on the gold prize when he competes in the 2016 summer games in Rio De Janeiro as well as the 2020 games which will be hosted by his home country.
“Hosting the Olympic Games in my own country is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity. And I will have a chance to compete at the Tokyo Games at my peak age of 26. I am very excited,” he said.
Norimasa Hirai, Japan’s national team head coach, believes his team will develop into a powerhouse by 2020.
By: Maesie Bertumen
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