Tokyo organizers shift gears to prepare for 2021 games





Tokyo (dpa) – The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee set up a task force on Thursday to start dealing with the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.



The team held the first meeting two days after the International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the 2020 Games with the novel coronavirus spreading worldwide rapidly.
"From now on, we take on an unprecedented challenge," organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori told some 30 members of the team.
“We are in a race against time,” organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto said. "There are so many issues that cannot proceed unless the new date for the Games is not decided.”
The Games were originally scheduled to be held from July 24 to August and the Paralympic games were to be from August 25 to September 6.
In a telephone press conference on Wednesday, IOC president Thomas Bach said the Tokyo Games in 2021 will need "sacrifices" as the IOC aims to find a suitable date next year as soon as possible.
A task force, called "Here We Go" and comprising the Tokyo organizers and an IOC coordination commission, has also been set up to start planning for 2021 including finding a new date for the Games.
Tokyo as the Olympic host city will have an “enormous task ahead of us,” Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters on Wednesday. “We have problems piled up. But it’s better than cancellation.”

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Thursday, March 26th 2020
(dpa)
           


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