The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot as planned for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said on Monday that the opening ceremony would take place on July 23, 2021 almost exactly a year after the games started this year.
Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s games were scheduled to open on July 24 and end on August 9. But the almost exact delay of one year will see the closing ceremony rescheduled on August 8.
There had been talk of changing the Olympics in the spring, a decision that would coincide with the flowering of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. But it would also conflict with European football and the North American sports leagues.
After resisting for weeks, local organizers and the IOC postponed the Tokyo Games last week under pressure from athletes, national Olympic bodies and sports federations. This is the first postponement in Olympic history, although there have been several wartime cancellations.
Tokyo Organizing Committee Chair Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto said the cost of rescheduling would be huge, local reports estimate billions of dollars, with most of the expenses being borne by taxpayers Japanese.
A man walks past a large banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo: AP | PTI
Muto has promised transparency in the calculation of costs and test times to decide on their distribution.
Since it (the Olympics) was scheduled for this summer, all venues had given up hosting other events during this period, so how do we approach this? Asked Muto.
“In addition, there will be guarantees when we reserve the new dates, and it is possible that this may result in rent payments. There will therefore be costs incurred and we will have to consider them one by one. I think that will be the process the hardest.
Katsuhiro Miyamoto, professor emeritus of sports economics at the University of Kansai, estimates the costs at $ 4 billion. This would cover the cost of stadium maintenance, redevelopment, rental payments, penalties and other expenses.
Japan officially spends $ 12.6 billion on hosting the Olympics. However, a Japanese government audit office says the costs are twice as high. All expenses are public money, with the exception of $ 5.6 billion from an operating budget funded by private funds.
The International Olympic Committee based in Switzerland pays $ 1.3 billion, according to the documents of the organizing committee. The IOC contribution is allocated to the operating budget.
The motion blur of tourists after the message “Welcome to Tokyo 2020” is seen at the arrival gate at Haneda Airport, Tokyo, Japan
Bach has repeatedly called the best-prepared Tokyo Olympics in history. However, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso also called them cursed. Aso participated in shooting at the 1976 Olympics and was born in 1940.
The Olympic Games scheduled for 1940 in Tokyo were canceled due to the Second World War.
In the run-up to the Olympic Games, IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda, who also headed the Japanese Olympic Committee, was forced to resign last year amid a corruption scandal.