The IOC have examined the proposed site for Tokyo 2020's urban cluster of sports ©ITG

A site proposed by Tokyo 2020 for urban sports action at the Olympic Games has been given the approval of Coordination Commission chairman John Coates, the Australian suggesting the possibility of the public attempting the activities after competition.

The proposed Aomi urban sports venue is currently used for temporary parking but would be temporarily transformed during the Olympic and Paralympic Games as an urban sports cluster.

Under current proposals, skateboarding and sport climbing would take place at the location during the Olympics, while football five-a-side would be held at the site during the Paralympic Games.

Following the addition of BMX freestyle to the sport programme earlier this month, the discipline would also be likely to take place at the site.

Coates, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president, signalled his approval after visiting the location with fellow members of the Coordination Commission.

"We are very pleased with this," he said here today.

"With these sports what we want to do is to bring them to the people and have them available to the people of Tokyo.

"There will be competitions, then say in the afternoon children could access and have a go themselves.

"They are all sports which engage with young people, the skateboarders here this evening are 14 and 15-years-old.

"In terms of our vision, Tokyo 2020’s vision, in wanting to bring these urban sports to the people, I think this is a good location."

Carlos Nuzman and Irena Szewińska presented four athletes will Olympic Rings themed gifts during the visit ©ITG
Carlos Nuzman and Irena Szewińska presented four athletes will Olympic Rings themed gifts during the visit ©ITG

Should the public be enabled to try the sports following competition, it would mirror the approach taken at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, which featured sport climbing and skateboarding in a "sports lab".

The IOC Coordination Commission were greeted by four Japanese athletes, who could be competing at the site in just over three years time.

Tomao Narasaki, a sport climbing world champion in bouldering last year, was joined by skateboarders Taihou Tokura and Aori Nishimura.

Five-a-side football player Ryo Kawamura was also present at the event.

The athletes were presented with gifts from IOC Coordination Commission members Brazil's Carlos Nuzman and Poland's Irena Szewińska, who both competed at Tokyo 1964.

Coates had earlier expressed the Commission’s desire to settle the location for urban competitions for the Games.

It remains possible that 3x3 basketball could also be staged at the proposed Aomi urban sports venue, should it be approved by the IOC.

The venue is located on the large artificial island of Odaiba close to where beach volleyball, marathon swimming and triathlon competitions are due to take place.

"This temporary facility will be the dynamic and innovative venue for the sport climbing and skateboarding competitions, Tokyo 2020’s newest and most youthful events," Tokyo 2020 stated.

"Situated in a spectacular location with Tokyo Bay as a backdrop, it will delight athletes, spectators and television views alike throughout the world."

The IOC Coordination Commission also paid visits to the new Olympic Stadium, Athletes' Village and aquatics centre, all currently under construction.