IOC urges 'un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment' by Games hosts

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TOKYO: Tokyo and other up­com­ing Olympic host cities must make an “un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment” to achiev­ing a suc­cess­ful Games, the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) urged on Mon­day, as cost over­runs plague the run-up to Tokyo’s 2020 event.

In a video mes­sage to a de­brief­ing in the Ja­panese cap­i­tal on the Rio Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach hailed them as “mar­vel­lous games” held in a “mar­vel­lous city.”

“Or­gan­is­ing the Olympic Games is an in­ten­sive process that re­quires cre­ativ­ity, dis­ci­pline and col­lab­o­ra­tion with many peo­ple and stake­hold­ers,” he said.

“Most im­por­tantly, it re­quires un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment.”

The three-day de­brief­ing has drawn se­nior of­fi­cials from the IOC and Olympic or­gan­is­ers from Rio and Tokyo as well as the hosts of the Win­ter Games in 2018, South Korea’s Pyeongchang, and 2022, which are be­ing held in Bei­jing.

Among others tak­ing part were Tokyo gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike and Rio de Janeiro mayor Ed­uardo Paes.

Bach has pre­vi­ously praised the Rio Games, which were gen­er­ally seen as suc­cess­ful de­spite Brazil's po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic cri­sis and se­cu­rity and at­ten­dance prob­lems.

Koike, now spear­head­ing a cost-cut­ting fight, told the meet­ing that she wants to learn from Rio, where she said ma­te­ri­als for some fa­cil­i­ties were re­cy­cled to build a school.

Koike said that Tokyo wants to in­tro­duce a spirit of avoid­ing waste­ful­ness by “draw­ing on ef­forts in Rio as well as the IOC’s long ex­pe­ri­ence, wis­dom and knowl­edge”.

The de­brief­ing came as ne­go­ti­a­tions over op­tions for mov­ing some Tokyo 2020 venues in­ten­si­fied.

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