Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Issue delicate in Japan due to economic recession by the coronavirus
E The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been forced to back down after irritating the Japanese government and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee by suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had agreed to bear most of the costs of to postpone the Games until the summer of 2021 .
In a statement of questions and answers on its website on Monday, the IOC said that Abe had "agreed that Japan would continue to cover the costs it would have done under the terms of the existing agreement for the year 2020 and the IOC will remain responsible for its share of the costs. For the IOC, it is already clear that this amounts to several hundred million dollars of additional costs, "added the IOC, repeating a comment made by President Thomas Bach in an interview with a German newspaper last weekend.
Tokyo 2020 organizers then demanded that the IOC remove a comment from their website quoting Abe apparently agreeing to cover the extra costs, with spokesman Masa Takaya saying that "it was not appropriate that the name of the prime minister will be quoted in this way. " Abe's spokesperson, Yoshihide Suga, also challenged the IOC: "There is no such agreement related to the additional costs arising from the postponement."
The costs of reorganizing the Games and who have not yet paid them clarified by the IOC or the government of Japan but it is estimated that will be between 2,000 and 6,000 million dollars (between 1,840 and 5,530 million euros). Under the terms of the host city contract signed in 2013, when it was awarded the Games, the city of Tokyo, the Japanese Olympic Committee and local organizers are required to pay most of the costs of the Games. This includes the unprecedented delay caused by the pandemic. However, the issue has become a sensitive issue in Japan due to the economic downturn caused by the virus .