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IOC gives assurance to sports bodies that Tokyo is on track

By: AP | Tokyo |

October 16, 2020 2:29:20 am

Tokyo says it’s formally spending $12.6 billion to arrange the Olympics. (AP)

The Worldwide Olympic Committee tried to guarantee dozens of worldwide sports activities federations on Thursday that the postponed Tokyo Video games will open on July 23.

The IOC and Tokyo organizers have been holding on-line classes this week with about 200 nationwide Olympic committees and with the greater than 30 summer season sports activities our bodies which might be represented on this system.

“We’re very assured that the video games in Tokyo subsequent yr will happen,” IOC sports activities director Package McConnell instructed delegates within the on-line seminar.

“We’re shifting ahead on this foundation.”

The classes are usually not open to the media, and solely opening statements are made accessible.

The IOC and native organizers have been campaigning for a number of months to rekindle curiosity among the many Japanese public, and guarantee sponsors who’ve invested billions of {dollars} that the Olympics can happen throughout a pandemic.

They aren’t anticipated to disclose concrete plans till later this yr, or early in 2021. Nonetheless up within the air is how greater than 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes can safely enter Japan, together with hundreds of workers, technical officers, sponsors, media and broadcasters.

It’s additionally unclear if followers will likely be allowed to populate venues, and if non-Japanese followers will likely be allowed to enter the nation.

Earlier this month, native organizers introduced cuts to the Olympic program amounting to about $280 million ? about 2% of the official price range. There have been no cuts to sports activities or the variety of athletes.

The cuts, principally modest and in fringe areas, didn’t contain any of the elevated price of suspending the video games for a yr, which native estimates recommend may very well be $2 billion to $three billion of added prices.

Tokyo officers have but to provide an total price determine for the delay.

Andrew Ryan, the manager director of the Affiliation of Summer season Olympic Worldwide Federations, touched on the cuts in his opening remarks on Thursday.

“From the IF’s (worldwide federations) viewpoint, it’s actually essential that any financial savings we collectively establish should be actual or vital financial savings that don’t affect or enhance danger of operations,” Ryan mentioned.

“We perceive the necessity to maintain the media and public opinion on board each in Japan and world wide, however we should not lose sight of the necessity to make significant financial savings.”

Every of the worldwide federations jealously guard their occasions on the Olympics, anticipating the perfect services, which should be paid for by native organizers.

Tokyo says it’s formally spending $12.6 billion to arrange the Olympics, though a authorities audit report says it’s twice that a lot. All however $5.6 billion is public cash.

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