Tokyo Games prone to be pared down: Japanese Olympic Committee chief

Tokyo, July 14

The rearranged Tokyo Olympics are prone to be a pared-down model of latest editions of the four-yearly Games, Japanese Olympic Committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita mentioned on Tuesday.

Japan and the International Olympic Committee postponed the Tokyo Games till 2021 in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, organisers have spoken of attempting to simplify the occasion – which had been on account of begin in 10 days’ time – to scale back prices and guarantee athletes’ security.

“The Games (used to be) gorgeous and extravagant, which I experienced before…,” Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medallist judoka, mentioned at JOC headquarters.

“But I don’t suppose the idea of those Games will pursue this stuff. The first precedence is to be secure and safe.”

Yamashita, put in as JOC chairman in June final yr rather than Tsunekazu Takeda, who’s being investigated over corruption allegations, mentioned the pandemic was additionally inflicting his organisation to endure financially.

“In regards to the next fiscal year (the financial situation of JOC) will be quite tough,” he mentioned after a tough first yr in cost. “…I believe there’s a excessive risk that we might have to contemplate borrowing cash.”

The state of affairs below which a president of a number nation’s Olympic committee is modified a yr earlier than the Games “shouldn’t happen,” he added. Reuters

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