Tokyo Olympics in talks of possible downsizing next year

ONE thing is certain: Tokyo organizers want to somehow simplify next year’s postponed Olympics to keep costs down.

Estimates in Japan showed the delay alone could cost US$2 billion to $6 billion, most of which will be absorbed by Japanese taxpayers. But how to do it and where to cut or reduce is still unclear.

And there’s unlikely to be anything concrete until the fall, when organizers hope that science will better understand the coronavirus pandemic and measures Tokyo needs to take against it.

Items rumored for cuts or reductions include the torch relay, and perhaps combining the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics. (AP)