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Tokyo — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had approved the planned venues for skateboarding, three-on-three basketball and freestyle BMX at the 2020 Tokyo Games, Japan officials said on Wednesday.

The decision comes after Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the summer games in November following a series of setbacks.

The IOC gave the thumbs-up to the Ariake BMX Course for skateboarding and freestyle BMX and to the Aomi Urban Sports Venue for basketball.

The three sports are "popular sports that can cultivate new fans", local organising committee CEO Toshiro Muto said.

"We want to gear up preparations and create the best festive atmosphere in collaboration with the Tokyo government."

Preparations for the Games have faced a number of setbacks. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tore up the blueprint for a new national stadium two years ago amid public anger at its $2bn price tag.

Designs for the official Games emblem then had to be scrapped following accusations of plagiarism.

While Tokyo has taken successful measures to slash costs, the IOC has urged local organisers to try to further reduce its current $12bn budget, including finding ways to cut services at the athletes’ village.

Tokyo will have 39 venues for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics — including eight new permanent ones.


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