Olympics - Cost-cut­ting dom­i­nates de­brief­ing for Tokyo from Rio Games

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Dis­cus­sions of Olympic cost-cut­ting have dom­i­nated a three-day de­brief­ing from or­ga­niz­ers of the Rio de Janeiro Games. More than 500 of­fi­cials took part in meet­ings Wed­nes­day that are aimed at draw­ing les­sons from the Rio Games for or­ga­niz­ers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo is hop­ing to avoid last-minute money wor­ries by tak­ing ac­tion now in the face of con­struc­tion costs that have soared since the city launched its bid for the Olympics in 2011. Rio was forced to make cuts up to the open­ing of the games be­cause the Brazil­ian econ­omy went into se­vere re­ces­sion af­ter the Olympics were awarded in 2009. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, Tokyo or­ga­niz­ers and Ja­pan's cen­tral and city gov­ern­ments have been meet­ing in Tokyo to dis­cuss ways of re­duc­ing costs, in­clud­ing pos­si­bly mov­ing three sports from planned new venues to ex­ist­ing ones.

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