Tokyo, July 9
Tokyo Olympics organisers count on to have the ability to use all of the venues as initially deliberate at subsequent yr’s rearranged Games, a number of Japanese media retailers reported on Thursday.
Securing venues was a high precedence for organisers after the Games have been pushed again to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kyodo and NHK, citing unnamed sources, mentioned they have been now assured they might be tied down for Olympics use once more.
However, at his common weekly information convention, Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya mentioned the experiences have been “optimistic” and that nothing had been introduced.
“We have seen a series of media reports concerning the status of securing venues for the Games in 2021,” mentioned Takaya.
“Tokyo 2020 is aware of these reports but I need to be very clear … this is not something on which Tokyo Metropolitan Government or the Tokyo organising committee has made a formal announcement,” he mentioned.
“The organising committee has not made such an announcement at this stage and through this course of, it is extremely unlucky to see such experiences based mostly on this optimistic view.”
Last month, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto mentioned 80 per cent of all venues wanted had been secured, with the Athlete’s Village and Tokyo Big Sight, the deliberate media centre, amongst these but to be absolutely secured.
Thursday’s experiences additionally mentioned the competitors schedule would stay largely unchanged and that each one tickets holders can be eligible for refunds, and that organisers would search approval of those selections from the IOC’s General Assembly on July 17.
Asked to verify these particulars, Takaya mentioned nothing had been determined and Tokyo 2020 didn’t count on to hunt approval from the IOC subsequent week.