Sport Olympic planners put austerity measures for Tokyo Games
Tokyo Olympics CEO suggests relaxed entry rules for athletes
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year's postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period, Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee said on Wednesday. “We have to consider the uniqueness of the athletes and also their activities," Muto said, speaking in Japanese following a meeting of a task force considering countermeasures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tokyo Olympic planners want to reduce the costs for the postponed summer games with around 50 measures for the time being.
"We will not stop here, we will continue to turn every stone," said IOC Vice President John Coates after two days of deliberations by the coordination commission for the games in Japan. «We will leave an important legacy. The Tokyo model will be a blueprint for future Olympic Games. "
So the number of Olympic participants should be reduced by ten to 15 percent, but this does not apply to the athletes. Transport measures are to be streamlined, advertising and ceremonial pomp will also be cut, said Toshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee. The specific amount of the savings is still unclear because the details still have to be worked out.
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The International Olympic Committee rejected criticism of the scope of the measures adopted. "Sometimes the measures look small, but bring about significant savings," said IOC Olympic Director Christophe Dubi. «We look from arena to arena, sport after sport, turning every stone. The efforts are already enormous, and they continue, ”added Dubi.
Because of the corona pandemic, the Summer Games and the Paralympics had been postponed by one year to 2021. A task force is currently developing various scenarios for a possible event of the summer games under corona conditions. Results should be available by the end of the year.
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