Tokyo – Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe has defended his call for a review of the venue plan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, even if it threatens the proposal of having almost all the facilities close to the Athlete’s Village.

Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics with a promise to deliver a compact games with 28 of the proposed 33 competition venues within 8km of the village.

Masuzoe said the relocation of some venues outside that radius would not increase travel times between the facilities if good transportation systems are in place.

Insisting he also has a responsibility to Tokyo taxpayers, Masuzoe said on Wednesday the games need to be compact in terms of cost and not just geography; a principle the IOC agrees with. – Sapa-AP