The report of the Tokyo olympic Games is going to lead to ” very large costs “, were admitted Thursday to the organizers announcing the establishment of a working group to manage the consequences of this historic decision, due to the coronavirus.
The deferral of the olympic games-2020 in 2021, at the latest, the summer represents a logistical challenge and a major threat to the organizers, so that the new dates for the biggest sporting event of the planet have not yet been set.
“We need to ensure that the problems we face can be addressed, one by one,” said Thursday the director general of the organising committee for Tokyo 2020, according to Toshiro Muto, promising decisions ” as quickly as possible “.
“We believe that the additional costs generated by the report, editor’s note) are going to be very important “, he added, without for as much to deliver a quantified estimate.
According to the japanese economic daily Nikkei, the delay could cost 300 billion yen (about 2,5 billion euros), including the costs for rental of sites, the change of hotel reservations and the prolonged use of the organization’s staff and security officers, among others.
These additional costs might evolve in the coming negotiations between the various holders of the project, including the organizing committee of japan, the city of Tokyo, the japanese government and the international olympic Committee (IOC), said the Nikkei, citing sources close to the matter.
In December 2019, the organisers had estimated the total cost of the olympics from Tokyo to 1.350 billion yen (11.5 billion euros) for the japanese side.
“I think we will need to review some of ambition “, warned Thursday Mr. Muto. “Sometimes it is necessary to accept to review the plans “.
The chairman of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, for his part, recalled that until now the olympic Games had been postponed in times of peace.
Tokyo-2020 ” will face difficulties that no one has faced so far. I am certain that our staff will know how to deal with it, “but it will be a” very difficult task “, said Mr. Mori.