Olympics: A challenge to decide who covers cost of postponing Games, says Tokyo organising chief Mori

(REUTERS) – Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori has told international federations that deciding who foots the bill for postponing the Games to 2021 will be a “major challenge”, Olympic news website insidethegames reported on Saturday (March 28).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese organisers on Tuesday postponed the July 24-Aug 9 event owing to the coronavirus pandemic – the first such delay in the modern Games’ 124-year history.

Japan invested US$12 billion (S$17.1 billion) in the run-up to the Games and IOC president Thomas Bach had warned that the price tag will rise further.

“The extra cost that will arise from this postponement is inevitable,” Mori wrote in a letter addressed to the 33 international federations of sports that make up the Tokyo Games programme.

“Deciding who will bear these costs and how it will be done will be a major challenge.”

He also issued a rallying cry to deliver the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year and show that humans had “triumphed over the coronavirus”.

The Tokyo 2020 organising committee launched a task force to resolve issues linked to the postponement, such as reviewing dates for the Games and securing venues.

The Olympics are one of many major sporting events which have been postponed, suspended or cancelled because of the coronavirus, which has hit more than 615,600 people across the world and killed 28,316.

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