Olympics 2020 may truly remain the Summer Games.
After the Tokyo Games were officially postponed on March 24 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee announced the event would be rescheduled to a date “beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021.” Now, Olympics organizers appear to be leaning away from starting the rescheduled Games next spring and more toward waiting until the summer of 2021. Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori suggested there would be no major changes.
“The Games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September,” Mori said Saturday, according to Kyodo, a Japanese news agency.
Mori suggested decisions regarding the Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to open on July 24 and close on Aug. 9, could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.
Local organizers, the IOC, sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters will all have a say in the final decision.
The cost of rescheduling is expected to be “enormous,” somewhere between $2 billion and $3 billion, according to Mori and organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto. Several levels of Japanese government are likely to foot most of the bills. One estimate has Tokyo losing $5.7 billion as a result of the postponement.
— With AP