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The cost of Tokyo’s pandemic-delayed Olympics

Despite growing local opposition amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tokyo Olympic Games that were postponed last year will get under way in less than two months – barring “Armageddon”, as one International Olympic Committee member said. But the delay so far has been expensive in various ways. Here are some areas where costs have grown, […]

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IOC reassures anxious Japan Olympics will be safe

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reassured an anxious Japan on Wednesday that the Tokyo Olympics would be safe for athletes as well as the host community, amid mounting opposition to the Games and fears it will fuel a spike in COVID-19 cases. Speaking in Tokyo alongside senior Japanese officials, IOC chief Thomas Bach said he […]

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IOC president says ‘no Plan B’ for Tokyo Olympics

There is ‘no Plan B’ for the Tokyo Games, says International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who reaffirmed his commitment to holding the showpiece event this year in an interview with Kyodo News on Thursday. After the Games were postponed last year because of the global novel coronavirus pandemic, Saturday marks six months until the […]

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Japan to explore ‘simplified’ Olympics

Japan will consider various options such as having fewer spectators and mandatory coronavirus testing for a ‘simplified’ Olympic Games next year to avoid the outright cancellation of the event, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday. John Coates, the head of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) inspectorate for Tokyo, has said a lack of a defence […]

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Inside Tokyo’s decision to delay the Olympics

Officials in charge of staging Tokyo’s Olympic Games crowded around a low table inside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s residence late Tuesday, wincing as they spoke by phone with the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Minutes later, Abe emerged to inform a gaggle of reporters that he had just spoken with Thomas Bach, the […]

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Postponing Olympics about protecting lives: IOC

‘Olympics postponement costs not discussed’   The cost of postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021 was not discussed by IOC chief Thomas Bach and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, Bach said, adding: “this is about protecting lives”. The July 24-August 9 event will be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at […]