IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Tokyo Olympics ‘has to happen’ but flashy ceremonies axed and fewer freebies to be offered as organisers cut costs

  • IOC official John Coates says a scaled-down ‘Tokyo Model’ may form the blueprint for future Olympic Games in the post-pandemic era
  • Coates insists the Olympics must go ahead even if the Covid-19 situation remains a threat in August 2021

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IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
IOC official John Coates (on screen) joins a press conference of Tokyo 2020 organisers via video link in Tokyo on Friday. Photo: Xinhua
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