2020 Olympic organizers reveal cost-reduction plans for scaled-down Tokyo event

2020 Olympic organizers are planning to cut down the number of officials at the Olympic Games next year by 10-15 percent as part of a package of cost-reduction proposals, it was announced last week.

The Games, scheduled to take place in July, are now re-planned from July 23 to August 8 in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 50 measures to scale down the Games have been proposed by the International Olympic Council (IOC)’s coordination commission and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said that this would show how future Olympics could be streamlined in a post-Covid-19 world.

Other proposed measures are a shorter opening period for training venues, reduced invitations for both the opening and closing ceremonies, removal of team welcome ceremonies at the Olympic Village, and fewer officials getting official bus services to avoid having to rely on public transport.

While the number of staff present and use of official vehicles will be reviewed, the length of the 121-day torch relay will not be shortened.

Chairman of the Tokyo 2020 coordination commission John Coates said that those optimizations and simplifications marked an important step towards delivering a safe and successful Olympic next year. They owed it to the public to enact these methods during these challenging times, that’s the reason why they had left no stone unturned and would continue to look for further chances over the coming months.

He added that the unique task of reorganizing an Olympic Games had called for the movement to be stronger and that milestone illustrated their collective commitment.

What is called Tokyo model will not only deliver an Olympic event fit for a post-Covid-19 world, but also will become a blueprint that will benefit future organizing committees for many next years.

Coates added that the cost-cutting proposal would pay attribution to the Games’ stakeholders and infrastructure and organizers planned to report the number of costs to be reduced at the next virtual IOC executive board meeting scheduled to take place on October 7.