Tokyo Olympic chiefs to meet IOC next week for showdown talks over 'simplifying' 2021 Games due to Covid-19

TOKYO bosses are meeting with the IOC next week to discuss “simplifying” the 2021 Games.

Next year’s Olympics and Paralympics will undergo drastic changes to reduce financial costs after the one-year rescheduling.

Japanese chiefs also need to ensure the safety of 14,400 Olympians and Paralympians following the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The IOC Coordination Commission will be hosted by influential chairman John Coates on Thursday and Friday.

Among the measures being discussed are border controls, Covid-19 venue countermeasures, dealing with infected people, pre-Games training camps, non-essential transport and entry isolation periods.

The Olympic Torch Relay will also be affected by the cost-cutting approach.

Plans will involve reducing the number of people behind the scenes.

But the sports competition schedule will not be trimmed back.

Thomas Bach, the IOC President, had said in June that “it would be wrong to reduce the number of athletes”.

Team GB, led by Chef de Mission Mark England, are currently reviewing their travelling party for Japan.

The exact size of crowds allowed to watch the Games live will be discussed in November.

But the prospect of it happening behind closed doors has not been ruled out.

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