Preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 are well in track. The Sea Forest Waterway, a new permanent venue to be used during the Games, was inaugurated on Sunday Last, Tokyo 2020 has stated.
The venue will host the Rowing and Canoe Sprint competitions at the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games. A rowing team took part in the special inauguration race at the Sea Forest Waterway.
Closely located to Tokyo, the venue will offer stunning views of the Tokyo Bay and of the Tokyo Gate Bridge to the athletes, spectators and broadcasters alike.
Constructed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on a waterfront site, the field of play is protected from the effect of waves, currents and tides by wave absorbers and two dams.
The venue also includes a finish tower, a timing hut, a boathouse and pontoons along with a 2,000-seat grandstand
Additional temporary seating and standing areas will be erected during the Games so that the Sea Forest Waterway can host a maximum of 16,000 spectators.
Following the Tokyo 2020 Accessibility Guidelines, the venue was designed to be accessible to all, including the elderly, people with impairments, parents with infant strollers and those with guide dogs.
It includes universally-designed toilets and wheelchair-accessible seats in areas designed with enough height difference between the rows of seating – this will ensure that those in wheelchairs can see clearly, even if spectators in front of them stand up.