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Simplifying Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony said difficult

  • July 6, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 8:31 p.m.
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Tokyo, July 6 (Jiji Press)–Simplifying the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics in summer next year or shortening the time of the ceremony would be difficult, Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo organizing committee, suggested Monday.


This is because of issues related to the broadcasting right, Mori told reporters. The International Olympic Committee has a contract with a broadcaster in which the specific time for televising the ceremony has been set, according to Mori.


The IOC has said “absolutely no” to simplifying the opening ceremony, Mori said, noting that penalties would be charged if the broadcasting time is shortened.


The organizing committee and the IOC have compiled a list of over 200 items for the simplification of the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC has proposed to international sports federations 16 items, including limiting the number of spectators in competition venues and shortening the periods for using the facilities.


Simplifying the games is “not easy,” Mori said.


Separately, Mori and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike held a meeting on Monday, agreeing to work together on preparations for the Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have been postponed by one year to 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.


A joint council on measures against the virus will be set up by the organizing committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese government in September, Mori said. The council is expected to draw up specifics in December.

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