The rearranged Tokyo Olympics are likely to be a pared-down model of latest editions of the four-yearly Games, Japanese Olympic Committee Chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita mentioned on Tuesday.
Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) postponed the Tokyo Games till 2021 in March due to the Corona Virus pandemic.
Since then, organizers have spoken of making an attempt to simplify the occasion – which had been due to begin in 10 days’ time – to scale back prices and guarantee athletes’ security.
“The video games (used to be) beautiful and lavish, as I skilled earlier than” Yamashita, a former Olympic gold medalist judoka, mentioned at JOC headquarters.
“But I don’t suppose the idea of those video games will pursue these items. The first precedence is to be protected and safe.”
Yamashita, put in as JOC chairman in June final 12 months instead of Tsunekazu Takeda, who’s being investigated over corruption allegations, mentioned the pandemic was additionally inflicting his group to undergo financially.
“In regards to the following fiscal 12 months (the monetary state of affairs of JOC) will be fairly powerful,” he mentioned after a troublesome first 12 months in cost. “… I believe there’s a excessive chance that we could have to contemplate borrowing cash.”
The state of affairs beneath which a president of a bunch nation’s Olympic committee is modified a 12 months earlier than the video games “shouldn’t occur,” he added.