Tokyo 2020 venue op­tions to be dis­cussed this week

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An In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day that de­tailed op­tions for mov­ing some Tokyo 2020 venues will be pre­sented this week at a key four-party meet­ing. Tokyo is eye­ing ways to save money af­ter warn­ings that sky­rock­et­ing costs could hit an eye-wa­ter­ing $30 bil­lion-four times the ini­tial es­ti­mate and al­most triple that of the 2012 Lon­don Olympics. Op­tions in­clude re­lo­cat­ing venues for ca­noe­ing and row­ing as well as vol­ley­ball, and scal­ing back plans for a new swim­ming venue. “We cer­tainly have made a lot of progress in terms of ac­quir­ing more in­for­ma­tion for each of the op­tions,” Christophe Dubi, IOC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, told re­porters. “But the fi­nal de­ci­sions will be made by the four po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.” Dubi spoke af­ter a tech­ni­cal meet­ing of of­fi­cials from the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the Tokyo metropoli­tan govern­ment and the cen­tral govern­ment. The of­fi­cials were pre­par­ing for a top-level gath­er­ing on Tues­day at which the de­tailed op­tions will be pre­sented for con­sid­er­a­tion. Tokyo Gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike and IOC chief Thomas Bach agreed last month to set up the work­ing group to try to con­trol costs.

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