Coronavirus: New Olympics date a priority, say Tokyo 2020 officials

The message from Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers is that a new date for the start of the Games must be agreed quickly as a matter of urgency, writes Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes…

The newly formed ‘Tokyo 2020 New Launch Task Force’ have set themselves the daunting task of “putting the Olympics back together after they have been torn apart” – that was the emotional rallying cry from chief executive Toshiro Muto.

Apart from agreeing a new date for Tokyo 2020, the Task Force talked about a number of other issues that the postponement has thrown up.

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Muto talked about a number of issues to be resolved including ticketing, security, venues, merchandise, accommodation, the Athletes Village, transportation and lining up unpaid volunteers.

He added he was looking at thousands of contracts and the interests of broadcasters, sponsors, the IOC, world sports federations and national Olympic committees.

On Wednesday, IOC president Thomas Bach said the Games could be rearranged for spring 2021, as opposed to the traditional summer slot.

Hidemasa Nakamura, the Games’ delivery officer, was pressed again about dates on Thursday. “That’s something we haven’t decided on yet,” he said.

“We have no idea when we will be able to finalise the dates. We don’t have a fixed plan how to proceed from here.”

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