IOC 'tells Tokyo 2020 to reduce test events' as facilities outside Tokyo to cost Y43.8bn
Tokyo 2020, the organising committee for the Olympic Games in that year, is planning to reduce the number of test events it hosts ahead of the games as part of its drive to cut costs, following talks with the International Olympic Committee.
The overall budget for the games has been set at between ¥1.6 trillion ($14.2 billion) and ¥1.8 trillion, including construction costs for temporary facilities amounting to ¥280 billion. This figure is being pushed up by the temporary facilities that will be built for test events and demolished afterwards.
Hiroshi Sato, vice director general of the organising committee (pictured), said: “We have been told there is plenty of room for cutbacks. It’s something we will try to do as we continue to iron things out.”
The IOC is reported to have asked the organising committee to review the budget to reduce costs, including by holding test events at venues where no temporary facilities are required and by shortening the test period.
Meanwhile, the estimated cost of building and remodelling 11 facilities for events located in six prefectures outside the capital is approximately ¥43.8 billion, according to a report in The Mainichi.
The estimated total costs do not include those for the five sports newly added to the games programme. These are baseball-softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing.
Last month a meeting between Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, and Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, was reported to have resulted in an agreement for central and city governments to work together on preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, without resolving the vexed question of how the financial burden will be shared.
Earlier it had emerged that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government could pay some of the costs of temporary venues, after leaders of 10 local governments dug in their heels over footing the bill, which they claimed should be covered by the organising committee.
The temporary facilities are slated to cost ¥280 billion in total, but the organising committee has said that it will pay only ¥80 billion and has asked central and local governments to find the rest.