Tokyo Olympics 2020: No clarity yet between Japan government and IOC on how cost of postponing Games will be shared

Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Tuesday Abe had not agreed to any additional costs.

Reuters April 21, 2020 09:22:59 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: No clarity yet between Japan government and IOC on how cost of postponing Games will be shared

Tokyo: The financial impact of postponing the Summer Games by a year is still being worked out, the International Olympic Committee said, noting that Japan and the IOC were responsible for their respective share of the costs in line with their contract.

In a statement updated on 20 April, the IOC said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that “Japan will continue to cover the costs it would have done under the terms of the existing agreement for 2020, and the IOC will continue to be responsible for its share of the costs.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 No clarity yet between Japan government and IOC on how cost of postponing Games will be shared

The torch of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. AP Photo

“For the IOC, it is already clear that this amounts to several hundred millions of dollars of additional costs,” the IOC said.

Earlier, Kyodo news agency reported that Abe had agreed that Japan would shoulder the cost, which Kyodo said amounted to around $3 billion.

Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said on Tuesday Abe had not agreed to any additional costs.

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