After the Olympic Games and Paralympics in Tokyo had been postponed for up to a year, the newly founded task force started work on Thursday. “From now on, we are facing an unprecedented challenge,” said Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori. The working group with the official name “Tokyo 2020 Restart Task Force” has around 30 members.
The panel’s first goal is to find an appointment for the summer games postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A spring period is also under discussion. “We are in a race against time,” said organization manager Toshiro Muto. “There are so many problems that cannot be solved if the new date for the games is not fixed.” This also includes the big question of whether the athletes’ village will still be available to around 11,000 athletes in 2021 because many of the complex’s apartments have already been sold.
Muto also mentioned topics such as ticket sales, security, venues and transport. There are also “thousands of contracts” and the interests of broadcasters, sponsors, the IOC, world sports associations and the National Olympic Committee. “I never imagined that we would be tested to this extent,” he admitted.
Tokyo as the Olympic host city has “an enormous task ahead of it,” said Governor Yuriko Koike. “We have problems that are piling up. But it’s better than refusing.”
The games were originally scheduled to take place from July 24th to August 9th and the Paralympic Games from August 25th to September 6th. On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee also wanted to consult with the 33 world associations about the most important problems relating to the relocation, from the lack of deadlines to financial aspects, in a conference call.