Muto spoke a day after the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee acknowledged it would have added costs of $800 million because of the postponement. The IOC said $150 million would be made available for loans to national Olympic committees and sports federations, some of which have few sources of revenue outside the games.
"We together with the IOC, we have begun to review the service levels that we originally planned for," Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee, said Wednesday in Tokyo after an online meeting with the International Olympic Committee executive board in Switzerland. "We are in the process of identifying more than 200 items that simplification could exist."
LONDON – Steve Wilson knows a thing or two about the Olympics, having covered more than a dozen of them during his 37-year career with The Associated Press, and says he expects the 2020 Tokyo Games to be "fantastic." Known in journalism circles as "Mr. Olympics," Wilson, 59, shared his insights in an interview with Kyodo News before leaving AP to take the post of director of communications with the International Tennis Federation in January. He noted that some of the setbacks Tokyo has been experiencing were unexpected, likely alluding to ballooning cost estimates and considerations of possible venue changes that took place over the past few months to try to cut expenditures. "We know about the various issues, concerns and problems that Tokyo has had and is having now.
One of the trumpets that was used to play the fanfare during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and given to the Aichi Prefectural Police is being displayed in their headquarters in Naka Ward, Nagoya, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. "This is a valuable chance for us to show our history," said a representative from the prefectural force. Personnel from the Ground Self-Defense Force played the lively 35-second-long "Tokyo Olympics Fanfare" in front of a full audience at the National Stadium on Oct. 10, 1964. The trumpet is named the Nikkan Fanfare Trumpet No. 4 and was made specially for the games by Nippon Gakki Co., Ltd. It has the Olympic symbol carved into its bright, gold body.