IOC CHIEF TELLS TOKYO TO STICK TO VENUE PLANS

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IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach ex­pressed will­ing­ness to work with Tokyo of­fi­cials to achieve a “sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion” in costs for the 2020 Olympics, but sug­gested the ef­fort should stick to the cur­rent venue plans. Bach ar­rived in Ja­pan amid grow­ing ten­sion be­tween Olympic or­gan­is­ers and re­cently elected Tokyo of­fi­cial Yuriko Koike, who is push­ing to cut costs. There was even a sug­ges­tion the row­ing and ca­noe­ing events could be moved out­side of Tokyo, with South Korea even listed as a po­ten­tial op­tion. How­ever, Bach dis­missed this idea, say­ing: “I think it is in the in­ter­est of Ja­pan, Tokyo and IOC that we do not change the rules of the com­pe­ti­tion after the elec­tion. “By re­spect­ing these prin­ci­ples we can look into the bud­get of Tokyo 2020 and we can look at the cost. We can see to­gether how we can make it more fea­si­ble.” A re­port has sug­gested the cost of the Olympics could ex­ceed $30 bil­lion.

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