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(ATR) Venue changes for the next two Olympic basketball tournaments are in store, Around the Rings
Patrick Baumann, secretary general of FIBA, basketball's governing body, told Around the Rings
a second Rio 2016 basketball venue, located in Diadoro, will be built to “relax the schedule of teams.”
According to Baumann, the venue will complement the original venue in Barra di Tijuca, and will be shared with modern pentathlon and fencing federations after the Olympics.
“We received the information that work started on this venue a week ago,” he said.
Baumann went on to verify that the original basketball venue proposed by Tokyo 2020 was no longer an option.
“The venue that was originally in the bid book will no longer be available for many reasons, including pollution of the construction ground and an increased cost to build with that factor,” he added.
He would not confirm the Saitama venue, host of the 2006 FIBA world championships would serve as the new venue. Over the summer, Tokyo said it would have to find a new basketball venue. The arena in Saitama, an hour outside of Tokyo, appears to the be the most logical solution.
Baumann told ATR that FIBA has been looking for alternatives in Tokyo, however, Olympic-caliber venues are difficult to find during the 2020 Games period.
Despite this setback, FIBA isn’t discouraged.
“It’s a little challenge and we look forward to continue to see and explore what is the option so that basketball has the ability to perform at our best,” Baumann said.
Written by Andrew Murrell.
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