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    (ATR) Controversy over Tokyo 2020 cycling venues is dominating headlines out of this week's IOC Executive Board meeting.

    Izu Velodrome (Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi)
    Members of the IOC's ruling body approved the location of four 2020 Olympic cycling venues on Wednesday, claiming to have saved $100 million by putting track cycling and mountain bike venues 120km outside the Japanese capital in Izu. A total of 27 of 28 sports on the Tokyo program have now been signed off, with football to confirm after the Rio Games.

    Around the Rings editor Ed Hula was on the scene in Lausanne for the IOC EB meeting. In this edition of ATRadio, he discusses the IOC's decision on Tokyo 2020 cycling venues, preparations for Rio 2016, and the approval of the IOC Athletes commission election nominations.

    IOC Executive Board members met for the last time at its current headquarters in Lausanne. A symbolic groundbreaking at IOC headquarters on Tuesday marked the beginning of work on a building for the next hundred years.

    The $160 million project will take about four years to complete. In February, IOC staff will relocate to temporary space about 5km east along Lake Geneva in the Lausanne suburb of Pully.

    When complete the 18,000 square meter headquarters will house 600 IOC staff under one roof for the first time.

    Written and produced by Nicole Bennett

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