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Domestic sponsorship to buffer Tokyo 2020 against rescheduling costs

Christophe Dubi of the IOC. (Image credit: IOC)

Tokyo 2020’s record domestic sponsorship sales will help the organisers absorb extra costs related to the Games’ rescheduling, the International Olympic Committee said yesterday.

The IOC and the organisers will incur additional costs due to the reschedule, and face a daunting task working them out, but it was too early to say how much they would be, Christophe Dubi, the Olympic Games’ executive director, told media.

“What is being recognised is that there will be additional costs on one side for the Tokyo organising committee and there will be additional costs for the IOC and Olympic family,” Dubi said, reported by Agence France-Presse. “We are looking into those with great detail. It is tens of thousands of lines of budget that need to be reviewed.”

He added: “Tokyo 2020 was in a great financial position prior to the crisis.

“It is truly helpful because the revenues are incredibly high. That’s something we can rely on.”

Meanwhile, IOC sports director Kit McConnell said he expects Sapporo would remain the venue for marathon and race walking events next year. The events were due to be moved to the city for this year’s Olympics due to concerns about the summer heat in Tokyo.

McConnell also said that the question of whether athletes that qualified for Tokyo 2020 would still qualify for next year’s Games would be decided by National Olympic Committees in each country. IOC president Thomas Bach had previously said that every athlete that qualified for Tokyo 2020 would remain qualified.

Kyodo News reported that McConnell said: “In all sports, the NOC retains the right to select the individual athlete from anyone who is eligible to fill that place.

“That right of the NOC will remain in place for next year.”

McConnell also said the question of whether age limits in sports like football would be adjusted for next year’s Games – to permit entry of athletes who helped their teams qualify this year – would be decided in the coming weeks.

Reuters reported that there remains considerable confusion over the qualification issue, but also hope that some athletes who would not have made it this year due to injury or other reasons would now be able to compete.

Tiger Woods, for example, has missed much of the previous golf season due to injury, but could now conceivably qualify for next year’s Games. Golf qualification is determined by world rankings.

Reuters said there was a possibility of legal challenges by athletes who qualified for Tokyo 2020 this year, but miss out due to performances in any new qualification periods set for next year’s Games.