Tokyo Olympics organizers announce ‘simplified’ plans ahead of next year’s games

From Left to right; Christophe Dubi IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director and Robert Roxburgh Head of Olympic Games Communications of IOC (on the screen), speak during a joint press conference between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Tokyo. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 10:15 AM PT – Saturday, September 26, 2020

On Friday, organizers for the Tokyo Olympics unveiled scaled back plans to ensure the games can still go on next summer. During a press conference, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori announced measures to simplify the games in order to cut costs and comply with health safety guidelines.

The games were supposed to take place this summer, but were postponed by one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the new measures included reducing the number of staff members, cutting back on press opportunities and canceling the opening ceremony.

“(Japan’s former Prime Minister) Mr. Abe said holding the games is the most important task, and (the current Prime Minister) Mr. Suga said he will take on this as his number one priority,” explained Mori. “He said the success of the Olympics and Paralympics are the most important tasks for Suga’s cabinet.”

A detailed report focused on the cost-cutting efforts to “simplify” the games is expected to be released in October.

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