IOC CHIEF TELLS TOKYO TO STICK TO VENUE PLANS
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.