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4-party talks to be held for Olympic costs review

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike shakes hands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the Tokyo metropolitan government office on Tuesday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and visiting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Tuesday agreed to set up a four-party task force to review costs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

During their meeting in Tokyo, Bach proposed the establishment of the task force comprising metropolitan and central government officials and members of the Tokyo Games organizing committee and the IOC.

In response, Koike said the idea will be “good” if the task force proceeds with reviews while fully disclosing information to the public.

The meeting was also attended by Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda and IOC Vice President John Coates.

At the beginning of the meeting, Koike said that as Tokyo governor, she will work hard “for the success of the Tokyo Games” with a strong sense of responsibility.

Bach expressed his confidence that the Tokyo Games will have great events, adding the IOC will work closely with the metropolitan government to make them successful.

Late last month, a metropolitan government investigative panel warned that costs for the Tokyo Games could exceed ¥3 trillion. To reduce the costs, the panel called for reviewing venue plans for rowing and canoeing, swimming, and volleyball.

The panel also proposed switching the rowing and canoeing venue to an existing rowing course in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture, from the currently planned facility to be newly built in the Tokyo Bay area.

Bach said there is enough potential to drastically cut costs even though he knows about the situation only from news reports.

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