Tokyo 2020 president warns about challenge of sharing additional costs

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While the Tokyo Olympic Games task force has an immediate task at hand to decide the schedule for the postponed window, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has reportedly warned the stakeholders that it will be a “major challenge” to decide the who will bear the additional costs arising out of deferring the Games to next year due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Yoshirō Mori, according to the Insidethegames, has written to 33 international sports federations about the crucial issue of the additional costs to conduct the Games next year. He has reportedly warned that it will be a “major challenge”. Mori has reportedly referred to the financial implications of delaying the Games to the next summer.

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Reports earlier have also suggested that International Olympic Committee is trying to create a window during July-August.

“The extra cost that will arise from this postponement is inevitable,” Mori writes.  “Deciding who will bear these costs and how it will be done will be a major challenge.”

Mori also calls on those involved in the process to rearrange the Games to “carry out our mission to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year, demonstrating that human beings have triumphed over the coronavirus”.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō has described the additional costs as “massive”. Yoshirō Mori’s says determining the responsibility to share this additional financial load is going to be among the “thousands” of challenges for the taskforce established to navigate the complicated issues arising from the postponement.

Federations are set to be consulted by the group and will be keeping a close eye on the decisions made.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has also admitted this week there was no guarantee the venues would be able to be used at the Games next year after the event was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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