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Tokyo Gov. Koike to meet IOC president over Olympic facility review

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is seen at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government headquarters in the capital's Shinjuku Ward on Oct. 7, 2016. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike is considering meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in Tokyo on Oct. 18, sources close to the matter said.

Koike and Bach are expected to exchange opinions on the metropolitan government's intention to fundamentally review its plans for three new facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Bach will visit Japan to attend the World Forum on Sport and Culture to be held in Tokyo and Kyoto from Oct. 19 to 22, and deliver a keynote speech on Oct. 20.

The metro government's administrative reform headquarters' Olympic and Paralympic investigative team proposed in a September interim report that the metropolitan government review plans to build three facilities, possibly cancelling part of them.

The three facilities are the Sea Forest Waterway planned for the rowing and canoe sprint events, the Olympic Aquatic Center for swimming, and the Ariake Arena for volleyball.

The investigative team has proposed that the rowing and canoe sprint events be held at the Naganuma Boat Race Course in Miyagi Prefecture. Gov. Koike is set to meet with Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai on Oct. 12 over the proposal, and inspect the course on Oct. 15 before meeting with Bach, according to the sources.

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