Tokyo 2020: 'No plan B' for another Olympic postponement

TOKYO: Tokyo organizers said Tuesday that they do not have a Plan B in case the Olympic Games needs to be postponed again due to coronavirus pandemic.

Masa Takaya, the spokesperson for the Tokyo Olympic Games , said organizers are proceeding under the assumption the Olympic Games will open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on August 24.

Those dates were set last month by the International Olympic Committee and Japan ese officials after the coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Olympic Games could not be held as scheduled this summer.

We are working toward the new goal, Takaya said, speaking in English on a conference call with journalists.

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“wedon'thaveabplan.”theseverityofthepandemicandthedeathtollhasraisedquestionsifitwillevenbefeasibletoholdtheolympicgamesinjustover15months.severaljapanesejournalistsraisedthequestiononthecall.

todoloquepuedodecirleshoyesquelasfechasdelosnuevosjuegosparalosolympicgamesyparalímpicosseacabandeestablecer,dijotakaya.

inthatsense,tokyo2020andallstakeholdersarenowdoingtheirbesttodeliverthegamesnextyear.iocpresidentthomasbachwasaskedaboutthepossibilityofapostponementinaninterviewpublishedsundayinthegermannewspaperdiewelt.

hedidnotanswerthequestiondirectly,butlatersaidthatjapaneseorganizersandprimeministershinzoabeindicatedthattheycouldnotgetapostponementbeyondnextsummeratthelatest.



theolympicgamesdraw11,000athletesand4,400paralympicathletesandlargesupportstaffsfrom206nationalolympiccommittees.

therearealsoquestionsaboutfrozentravel,changinghotelreservations,crowdingfansinstadiumsandarenas,securingplaces,andthehugecostsofrescheduling,estimatedatjapanat$2billion-$6billion.

tokyo2020ceotoshiromutoaddressedtheissueinanewsconferenceonfriday.heislikelytobeaskedaboutitagainonthursdaywhenlocalorganizersandtheiocholdateleconferenewithmediainjapan.



theothermajorquestionisthecostofthedelay; how much will it be, and who pays? Bach said in the Sunday interview that the IOC would incur “several hundred million dollars” in added costs. Under the so-called Host City Agreement, Japan is liable for the vast majority of the expenses.

This is impossible to say at the moment, said Takaya, the spokesman.

It is not very easy to estimate the exact amount of the additional costs of the games, which have been affected by the postponement.

Tokyo says it's spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympic Games . But a Japan ese government audit published last year says the costs are twice that much. Of the total spending, $5.6 billion in private money. The rest is from Japan ese governments.

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