The Japan Racing Association has announced that its Equestrian Park will host the equestrian events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The park previously hosted the equestrian events for the 1964 Olympic Games. The JRA is providing use of the park without charge.
“After half a century passed, with us once again hosting Olympic events in the Equestrian Park, we are proud to cooperate in the smooth operation of the Games through overall renovation of the facilities and financial support for the overlay facilities, and through our many years’ experience and knowledge about horses,” Masayuki Goto, president and chief executive of the JRA, told the publication Inside The Games. “Moreover, through these efforts, we will endeavor to create an important legacy that will continue to benefit the development of equestrian sports and equine culture long after the Tokyo 2020 Games.”
The JRA states on its website that the park has been closed for renovations since Dec. 31, 2016, and it will not reopen until the fall of 2022.
The Equestrian Park was first built in 1940 as a training facility for jockeys. After it hosted the equestrian events for the 1964 Olympic Games, various equestrian competitions, including show jumping, dressage, breed shows and demonstrations, started taking place there. The park also offers carriages and trail rides to the public.