With close to a year until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to start, the newly-completed Oi Hockey Stadium is ready for the show.
The stadium, in the waterfront area of Tokyo Bay formally inaugurated on August 17, consists of two pitches. The twin facilities during Games time are expected to hold up to 10,000 and 5,000 fans.
The first of its kind turf in the sport is made from regrow-able raw materials. It has been designed to support Tokyo’s carbon-neutral targets as well as the International Hockey Federation’s commitments to sustainable hockey. The material containing 60% sugar cane requires two to three times less water than the previous Olympic hockey turfs.
“We are in between running the campaign ‘Gift of Hockey’ and you already have given us a big gift of hockey right here but our gift here is sustainability, development and growing forever,” Asian Hockey Federation Chief Executive Officer and IOC Commission member Tayyab Ikham said about the state of the art turf.
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After the ceremony to open the stadium, the READY STEADY TOKYO Hockey Test Event got underway with eight teams across the men’s and women’s competitions including Japan, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and China, which saw the Indian teams winning both the competitions at the newly-built venue.
“We pride ourselves at the Hockeyroos to try and do our part of the environment and I think as hockey as sport to be able to produce a pitch of this quality and that has less impact on the environment is something that’s going to be great for the future of the not only the world, but hockey,” Australia’s national women’s hockey co-captain Emily Chalker said.
The initiative is part of Tokyo 2020‘s continued efforts to build a sustainable Games as they use technologies to minimise the impact on the environment. This includes using self-generate energy sources at 37 of the 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues which sees the instillation of solar power generation systems, solar heat utilisation systems and both geothermal heating and cooling systems.
This philosophy has also gone into making of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals, which have manufactured by using 100 per cent of metals collected from used electronic devices.