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Tokyo Olympic board member would support another delay

An executive board member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee says another delay should be sought if the games can't be held next year. The Tokyo Olympics were to be held this year but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestion comes from Haruyuki Takahashi in an interview published Monday in the Japanese sports newspaper Nikkan Sports. “The...

Tokyo Olympic head says 80 per cent of facilities lined up for 2021

Tokyo 2020 Main Stadium
About 80 per cent of the facilities needed for next year's postponed Tokyo Olympics have been lined up, the president of the organising committee said Friday. Two of the largest venues have not yet been secured, however. "For a significant number of facilities, about 80 per cent of them, we have already gained basic approval for their use next...

Tokyo Olympics talk of simplifying to keep costs down

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One thing is certain: Tokyo organizers want to somehow simplify next year's postponed Olympics to keep costs down. Estimates in Japan say the delay alone could cost $2 billion to $6 billion, most of which will be absorbed by Japanese taxpayers. But how to do it and where to cut or reduce is still unclear. And there's unlikely to be...

Postponed Tokyo Olympics could be downsized and simplified

Tokyo 2020
The Japanese public is being prepared for the reality of next year's postponed Olympics, where athletes are likely to face quarantines, spectators will be fewer, and the delay will cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In the last several weeks, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has given selected interviews outside Japan and hinted at empty stadiums, quarantines and virus...

IOC approves updated ISSF qualification system for Tokyo Olympics

Indian Shooting
The International Olympic Committee has approved the world shooting governing body's updated qualification system for the Tokyo Olympics, which could see India add at least one more quota to the 15 secured so far. India have so far earned a record number of quota places in the qualification cycle that began with the 2018 World Championship in Korea.Indian shooters...

IOA president tells Khanna, explain losses in hotel bookings for Tokyo Olympics

Anil Khanna
Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra on Thursday demanded an explanation from finance committee chairman Anil Khanna on the losses incurred due to delay in hotel bookings for the Tokyo Games. The budget shot up Rs 73 lakh due to the delay. In a letter to Khanna, who is also the IOA's senior vice-president, Batra talked about how the delay...

2021 ‘last option’ for Tokyo Games: Olympics chief

Thomas Bach
Olympics chief Thomas Bach said 2021 was the "last option" for holding the delayed Tokyo Games on Thursday, stressing that postponement cannot go on forever. Bach told the BBC that he agreed with Japan's stance that the Games will have to be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn't under control by next year. In March, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed...

Olympic chief calls for ‘vigilance and patience’ ahead of Tokyo Games

Olympic chief Thomas Bach on Saturday called for vigilance and patience in preparations for the Tokyo Summer Games, postponed a year until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bach was speaking after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) he heads and the World Health Organization (WHO), which is led by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, signed a cooperation agreement on promoting healthy society...

Long wait for Tokyo 2020 Olympic souvenir market to pick up

Tokyo 2020 Olympic souvenir
These are lonely times for thousands of souvenirs in dozens of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stores, which are drawing few customers with the postponed games more than a year away and facing an unclear future. And they're worrying moments for Tokyo organizers, who hope to generate $100 million by selling 5,500 “licensed”products including official Olympic chopsticks, Olympic umbrellas, and large...

IOC plans to hold cancelled Tokyo session remotely

IOC Session
The International Olympic Committee revealed plans to hold its next session initially scheduled for Tokyo before the opening of the 2020 Games by video link to be streamed live on July 17. A statement from the IOC's Lausanne headquarters said a remote session was on the cards after this summer's Games were delayed a year and because of the "measures...