Japan could “simplify” the Olympics and Paralympics Games, which were pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Thursday. 

Koike did not give details on the alterations that could be made, though local media speculated it could involve the presence of spectators.

“We need the understanding of the people of Tokyo and Japan to host the Olympic and Paralympic games. For that, we should rationalize what needs to be rationalized and simplify what needs to be simplified,” Koike told reporters. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in March, when the 2020 Games were postponed, that Japan would hold the Olympic and Paralympic Games in “complete forms.” 

The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organization Committee have been discussing the exact implementation of the postponed event.

The cost of postponement is expected to be several billions of dollars, and the focal point of the discussion has been around how the cost will be paid and who will bear the financial burden. 

Source: CNN News


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