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Tokyo proposing moving Olympics outside city

A Tokyo government panel reviewing the cost of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics is set to propose moving more venues outside of the city in order to save money.

Among the venues being reviewed are those for volleyball, swimming, rowing and canoe sprint, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.

The panel was set up earlier this month by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who is keen to reduce the ballooning costs of the Games.

Details of the proposed changes are expected to be made public Thursday at a meeting of a taskforce for metropolitan government reform.

Venues for sports including basketball, taekwondo and cycling have already been shifted outside of Tokyo to maximize existing facilities. Cycling was moved to Izu, some 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of the Japanese capital. (AP)

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