'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 world federations that deciding who foots the invoice for suspending the Video games to 2021 can be a “primary problem”, Olympic information website online insidethegames right here reported on Saturday.

The Global Olympic Committee (IOC) and Eastern organizers this week postponed the July 24-Aug. nine tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic — the primary such extend 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 thrust additional.

“The additional value that may rise up from this postponement is inevitable,” Mori wrote in a letter addressed to the 33 world 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 carried out can be a significant problem.”

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

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

The Olympics is one of the primary wearing occasions which were postponed, suspended or canceled because of the coronavirus.

Reporting through Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, modifying through Ed Osmond

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