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Qatar to plant 16,000 trees to spruce up World Cup venues

DOHA: Desert country Qatar will plant at least 16,000 trees in a bid to "beautify" its eight planned 2022 World Cup stadiums, tournament organisers said on Thursday. The trees, a mixture of local specimens and other varieties imported from China, Spain and Thailand, will be grown in a vast nursery outside capital city Doha before being planted around the venues. The 880,000-square metre site was officially opened on Thursday by the head of Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the local body responsible…

IOC considering cost-saving Tokyo 2020 venues

TOKYO: The International Olympic Committee has refused to rule out the option of moving Tokyo 2020 Games venues to other Japanese cities in a bid to slash rocketing costs. IOC executive director Christophe Dubi said on Thursday that the rowing and canoeing could take place in Miyagi prefecture, 250 miles (400 kilometres) north of Tokyo, and volleyball in Yokohama, south of the capital, following recommendations from a panel of experts. "The options remain," he told reporters after a four-party working group comprising…