The 2020 Tokyo organising committee for the Olympic and Paralympic games are under discussions to figure out ways to reduce escalating costs caused by the postponement of the games, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has reported.
The committee listed about 200 cost cutting suggestions and have picked out 52 items to be simplified. They plan on discussing the measures with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission in a two day scheduled meeting, set to begin on Thursday.
The 52 items comprise the numbers of participants in the Games, cancellation of the opening ceremony of the IOC general meeting which takes place just before the opening of the games along with a reception and welcoming event for officials of the IOC and sports associations.
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The opening and closing ceremonies, the entrance ceremony for the athletes village along with the public viewing events known as the ‘live sites’ where the games are broadcasted on a large screen are also included among the list of items.
Japan is also considering asking foreign athletes, who are participating in the Tokyo Olympics next year, to submit plans outlining their base camp locations, training sites and host towns as part of coronavirus countermeasures.
On Wednesday, the newspaper, citing a draft plan from Japan’s government and organising committee, stated that athletes will not be required to quarantine themselves for two weeks. Instead they will be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival.
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Foreign athletes will be expected to limit their movement in Japan and avoid places such as towns hosting national delegations and training sites.
Unlike countries like the United States, India and Brazil, which have witnessed explosive outbreaks, Japan has recorded around 80,000 infections along with 1,500 deaths until now.
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