IOC, Tokyo Olympic organizers agree to simplified games

Tokyo: Organizers of the postponed Tokyo Games said they have agreed with the International Olympic Committee to hold a 'simplified' games next summer to ensure safety from the coronavirus and reduce the financial impact of the one-year delay.

Speaking at a press conference following an online meeting of the IOC executive board, Tokyo Olympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto said the IOC and local organizers had identified 200 items to simplify the games but avoided going into detail.

Muto was specific about the top priority, however, saying countermeasures to ensure safety against the coronavirus were "the biggest challenge."

He also said organizers would consider reducing the number of people involved in the games -- other than athletes and spectators -- with IOC officials and representatives from national sporting bodies likely to be among those cut.

The CEO also confirmed that the Olympic torch relay was among the 200 items under review.

Under a road map to the games released by the organizers, the Japanese leg of the relay is set to take between next March and July. Desk: Asianet Online