TOKYO (AP) – A small group of protesters greeted the International Olympic Committee’s evaluation team, which toured proposed venues Friday to assess Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics.

The 13-member IOC team visited 25 of the 34 venues planned for the games on the second day of a four-day inspection.

The team came face-to-face with the protesters, who chanted “Tokyo doesn’t need the Olympics,” at the site for the main Olympic stadium.

Otherwise, the IOC team has received a warm welcome, and Tokyo organizers say they have a 70 percent support rating for the bid.

Tokyo organizers say their bid offers the most compact games, with almost all venues located less than 5 miles from the main stadium.

Tokyo is competing with Chicago – which the IOC team has already visited -Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. The IOC will vote on the host city in Copenhagen on Oct. 2.

Each IOC evaluation team member was given a virtual reality headset to view computer graphic images of the proposed 100,000-seat main stadium to be built on Tokyo’s waterfront.

Tokyo hosted the 1964 Olympics and plans to use many of the facilities from those games if awarded the 2016 Olympics.

The IOC’s evaluation team toured National Stadium, the centerpiece of the ’64 Olympics, which would host soccer and the start of the marathon.

Tokyo says land has been secured for 11 new facilities. Five of the new venues would be permanent, including the main Olympic stadium that would hold track and field events and the opening and closing ceremonies.

Several prominent Japanese athletes, including Beijing 100-meter relay bronze medalist Nobuharu Asaharu and Sydney Olympic marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi, accompanied the evaluation team on their inspection of the venues.


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