Tokyo Olympics in between talks of simplifying, but not specific so far

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Tokyo organizers want to simplify next year’s suspended Olympics to keep costs down as the estimates in Japan say the uncertainty could cost $2 billion to $6 billion but how and where to do it is still a question to answer.

“We together with the IOC, we have begun to review the service levels that we originally planned for,” Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee, said Wednesday in Tokyo after an online meeting with the International Olympic Committee executive board in Switzerland. “We are in the process of identifying more than 200 items that simplification could exist.”

“We have not gone to the level or stage where we have complete ideas about what we can do in simplifying the games,” Muto added.

Items comprise the torch relay and perhaps combining the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympic, rumoured for cuts and reductions and former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan also refused to give numbers about the cost of the delay or any savings from cuts and rebates.

“I don’t think the current situation warrants us to give you exact numbers to your question — how much budget and how much can be reduced due to simplification,” he said.

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The president of the organizing committee and a former Japanese prime minister also spoke in conceptions but proposed that the significance of the Olympics – the sports- would not endure cutbacks.

“At this juncture, I am not able to say concretely what kind of games we are planning,” Mori said. “What I am saying, is going forward we are going to listen, study and discuss what the games should be. How the games should be.”

While asked about fans presence, Mori said, “Spectators are very important.” “So in relation to COVID-19, how will it be contained doing forward? We’ll consider that aspect as well.”

The only thing, he was clear about is the opening of the Olympics on July 23, 2021.

“I’d like to answer your question regarding a cancellation,” he said to a reporter. “We’ve never discussed cancellation. It is not right to discuss this based on speculation. We are not considering a cancellation at all.”

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