With the Tokyo Olympics delayed by a year in wake of the deadly coronavirus, the organisers admit they will have to incur massive additional cost in rescheduling the quadrennial event to 2021. Also Read - List of Delhi Hotels Attached With Hospitals For Covid-19 Patients
While the date is yet to be decided, a taskforce has already been put in place to discuss the logistical problems and issues that will crop up in shifting the Olympic and Paralympic to next year. Also Read - After Many Sadhus Show COVID Symptoms, Niranjani Akhada Announces End of Kumbh Mela For Them
“One by one, we need to ensure the problems we face can be solved,” Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto was quoted as saying by AFP. “Additional expenses are going to be quite massive we assume. With regards to our revenues, we need to make a lot of effort there. Also Read - Despite Strict Restrictions, Maharashtra Registers 61,695 Fresh COVID Cases In Last 24 Hours
The good news is that they won’t have to redraw their plans but will surely have to make some adjustments. “I guess we need to step back a bit. Sometimes you need to go back to the drawing board,” Muto conceded.
Olympics have never been affected to this extent in peacetime, giving rise to unprecedented challenged which the Tokyo 2020 staff will have to handle.
“(Tokyo 2020 staff) will experience difficulties they have never experienced before. I am sure they will rise to the occasion. This is going to be a very difficult task that we are facing,” he said.
Muto said they are going to take decisions as quickly as possible even as he never imagined Japan “would be tested to this degree.”
“We want to make sure we go beyond this test and that next year in Tokyo, the torch is lit for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We believe this is the mission we face,” Muto said.