'Challenge' to decide who covers cost of postponing Tokyo Games: Mori

Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games Establishing Committee as he attends a information convention after a phone assembly with IOC President Thomas Bach (now not in image), whilst the unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues. In Tokyo, Japan, March 24, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

(Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori has advised global federations that deciding who foots the invoice for suspending the Video games to 2021 shall be a “primary problem”, Olympic information web page insidethegames right here reported on Saturday.

The Global Olympic Committee (IOC) and Eastern organizers this week postponed the July 24-Aug. nine match because of the coronavirus pandemic — the primary such lengthen within the fashionable Video games’ 124-year historical past.

Japan invested $12 billion within the run-up to the Video games and IOC President Thomas Bach had warned that the cost tag will upward push additional.

“The additional price that can get up from this postponement is inevitable,” Mori wrote in a letter addressed to the 33 global federations of sports activities that make up the Tokyo Video games program.

“Deciding who will undergo those prices and the way it’s going to be achieved shall be a big problem.”

Mori additionally issued a rallying cry to ship the Olympic and Paralympic Video games Tokyo 2020 subsequent 12 months and display that people had “triumphed over the coronavirus”.

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee introduced a taskforce to unravel problems related to the postponement, corresponding to reviewing dates for the Video games and securing venues.

The Olympics is one of the primary carrying occasions that have been postponed, suspended or canceled because of the coronavirus.

Reporting through Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, enhancing through Ed Osmond

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