Tokyo 2020 postponement creates many headaches

Tokyo’s taskforce “Here we go” is hard at work to determine the new dates for the Summer Games. The Tokyo Organizing Committee (TOCOG) has set up the group to work together with the IOC and other stakeholders to make the transition to 2021 as smooth as possible.

One of the biggest challenges for the taskforce is to have all the venues available at the same time. As it stands a shift of the games by exactly 365 days is the most likely outcome.

This would mean that the opening ceremony would be held on 23 July 2021 and the closing ceremony on 8 August. The same shift would apply to the Paralympic Games.

Olympic Opening Ceremony 2016
Olympic Opening Ceremony 2016

Tokyo Big Sight, home of the IBC is one of the venues affected by the postponement. According to the City of Tokyo bookings for other events to happen in summer 2021 had already begun and would now have to be shifted.

Makuhari Messe hosts 900 events every year, the biggest being Summer Sonic Tokyo, a music festival visited by 150 000 fans. The 2020 addition had already been scrapped due to the Summer Games. Now it looks like music lovers have to wait another year for their festival to return.

Zedd Performing at Summer Sonic Festival 2017
Zedd Performing at Summer Sonic Festival 2017

The Olympic Village is causing the biggest headache for TOCOG. 11 construction companies are involved in this project called Harumi Flag, which includes 23 residential towers, schools and commercial facilities. It was supposed to be the home of 11.000 athletes and coaches. Out of 5650 apartments 890 have already been sold. It isn’t clear whether the size of the Olympic Village now needs to be reduced.

Tokyo International Forum, home of weightlifting for the Summer Games, faces its own problems. Bookings for the venue happen 2 years in advance and several events have already been scheduled for July and August 2021. No confirmation has been made as to whether the event will be available during the Games in 2021.

Georgia Weightlifter – Lasha Talakhadze

The same applies to several football and baseball stadiums, which were earmarked for Tokyo 2020.

Khaya’s clients who have booked hotels and apartments can be assured that they will have their accommodation in place for next year. Contracts from 2020 are simply being rolled over in most instances to coincide with the new dates.

An announcement by the IOC and TOCOG about the exact dates for Tokyo 2020 is expected over the next few days.

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