Tokyo Olympics president says new Games date could come this week

  • Monday 30, March 2020 11:44 AM
  • Tokyo Olympics president says new Games date could come this week
Sharjah 24 - Reuters: A decision on a new date for Japan's Olympics, postponed because of a coronavirus pandemic, could come as early as this week, the president of the Tokyo organising committee, Yoshiro Mori, said on Monday.
Last week's postponement is a huge blow to Japan, which invested $13 billion in the run-up to the Games, although financial markets were initially cheered by the decision, with some investors having anticipated cancellation.

"We need to swiftly decide on the new date," Mori said at the start of a committee meeting, its first since the historic decision to delay the Games.

Mori added that he expected a call this week from Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), to decide new dates, following two suggestions made by the organising panel last week.