Organizers mull scaled-down Tokyo Olympics

Sports | 5 Jun 2020

Tokyo 2020 officials are looking at ways to scale back next year's postponed Olympics, the city's governor said yesterday, amid reports the opening ceremony could be streamlined and spectator numbers cut.

Yuriko Koike said that organizers were weighing what could be "rationalized and simplified" as costs spiral for holding the first postponed Games in history.

The International Olympic Committee announced in March the Games would be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Games are now due to open on July 23, 2021, but organizers face the unprecedented headache of rearranging the event, which requires a costly rejigging of everything from venues to transport.

Local media said streamlining plans could involve cutting the number of spectators attending indoor competitions and reducing participation in the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily quoted an unnamed source as saying that everyone including athletes, officials and spectators would be required to take a test for the virus.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya declined to offer further details, saying only that discussions were ongoing.

"At this stage we do not have any concrete outcome," he said, adding that discussions about coronavirus countermeasures would be held "from this autumn onwards."

"Concerning the spread of the novel coronavirus, particularly the situation next summer and how the world will look like is something very ambiguous," he added.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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