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Sports Other News 30 Mar 2020 Thomas Bach likely t ...

Thomas Bach likely to call Tokyo Olympics head on new date

Published Mar 30, 2020, 1:14 pm IST
Updated Mar 30, 2020, 1:14 pm IST
New dates could be in the same July-August slot, given Mori's repeated statements that the Olympics will be held no later than next summer
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Tokyo: Tokyo Olympics president Yoshiro Mori said Monday he expects to talk with IOC president Thomas Bach this week about potential dates and other details for the rescheduled games next year.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.


"I anticipate speaking to president Bach this week,'' Mori said, speaking at the opening of an organizing committee executive board meeting. "He tends to call me directly, and that puts me in trouble because I don't have good command of English.''

Mori has repeatedly said the Olympics will be held no later than next summer and many reports suggest it will be in the same July-August slot.

"Opinions on both sides have been compiled, whether spring or summer," Mori said. "There are opinions for both options and they both have advantages and disadvantages that are being compared and then will be decided.''

The decision on a date is expected to come quickly. The athletes are demanding it, and any reorganization revolves around a firm time slot.

Both Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto have said the cost of rescheduling will be "massive'' -- local reports suggest several billion dollars -- with most of the expenses borne by Japanese taxpayers.

Location: Japan, Tokyo-to, Tokyo