UCI ready to agree to cycling venue switch for Tokyo Olympics

President Brian Cookson says that he is "optimistic" about having a solution to a proposed venue switch to the Izu province for cycling at the 2020 Games

Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA)

UCI president Brian Cookson says he is "optimistic" that he will receive the assurances he wants from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games organisers over a proposed switch to cycling venues for the Games, which will see events moved outside of Japan's capital.

After months of negotiations with organisers - who want to move the track cycling venue around two hours away from Tokyo to the Izu province to save money - Cookson has said that he's ready to accept the change as long as the organisers are able to "minimise" the impact of holding the events so far away.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).