The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games, which have been delayed a year to 2021 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, might be held in a simpler form than the Olympics usually are.
According to Japan’s NHK News, the president of the organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, told reporters on Wednesday that he hopes to simplify the games to cut costs and provide a safer environment.
It’s unclear how exactly the organizers want to carry this out.
On Wednesday, officials said that they plan to ask national Olympic committees and international sports bodies to streamline the games as well as reduce the total number of participants. There were more than 11,000 athletes participating in the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016 .
The Tokyo Olympics are now planned to begin in July 2021, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said last month that it will devote up to $800 million in order to help cover costs of postponement.
According to The Associated Press, the postponement is estimated to cost Japan from $2 billion to $6 billion.
Mori said that Tokyo Olympics organizers have been communicating with the IOC, and are in the process of identifying above 200 items that simplification could exist, the wire service reported.
He also said that at this juncture, he can’t say concretely what kind of games they are planning and what he said is going forward what they are going to listen, study, and discuss what and how the games should be.
The IOC plans to virtually hold a meeting on July 17, where these discussions could be held.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Japan currently has the 46th-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases with just more than 17,000. As of Wednesday, 922 people have died due to the virus in the whole country, a count lower than at least 21 U.S. states.