July 1, 2022

Tokyo 2020’s rowing and canoe/kayak venue reopens to public

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06 May 2022 – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) reopened the Sea Forest Waterway, less than a year after it was used for the rowing and canoe/kayak events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Its reopening follows the removal of all overlay and the dismantling of Games-time temporary structures.

An event was held to celebrate the occasion. Visitors of all ages were able to take part in sports sessions thanks to support from the Japan Rowing Association and the Tokyo Rowing Association.

A video message from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike was played to guests. Live music and performances were staged throughout the day, while a number of Japanese Olympians and Paralympians were also in attendance.

“A number of emotions and inspirations were generated through the brilliant rowing and canoeing competitions during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Governor Koike in her video address. “The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will build on this legacy to make Tokyo a sports field where everybody enjoys sport as a part of life.”

In addition, an exhibition area was set up, displaying items including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic torches, sports competition equipment, clothing and many other artefacts from last year’s historic Games.

The Sea Forest Waterway was one of only eight new venues created in the city for the Games. In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, Tokyo 2020 significantly reduced the amount of construction, with less than 25 per cent of the permanent venues used built in the lead-up to the Games. Of the 43 venues used, 25 were already existing, including five used at the Olympic Games Tokyo 1964, whilst 10 of the venues used were temporary.

Powered by solar energy, the Sea Forest Waterway is located close to central Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 legacy facility will serve for international rowing and canoeing competitions, and for the development and training of athletes. It will also be used for leisure and recreational activities by Tokyo residents, benefiting the local community for many years to come, long after the Games.

For more information about the facility, Click here.

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