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Tokyo Olympics: A look at the ballooning cost of hosting the mega event

Updated : June 28, 2021 06:58 PM IST

A scaled-down version of the Games, with no foreign spectators, is set to start on July 23.

The head of Japan's Olympics organising committee ruled out the possibility of another suspension of the Games earlier this month. This, despite concerns at the prospect of thousands of athletes and officials arriving during the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.
The head of Japan's Olympics organising committee ruled out the possibility of another suspension of the Games earlier this month. This, despite concerns at the prospect of thousands of athletes and officials arriving during the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.
Already postponed last year,  the scaled-down version of the Games, with no foreign spectators, is set to start on July 23, 2021.
Already postponed last year,  the scaled-down version of the Games, with no foreign spectators, is set to start on July 23, 2021.
But with a slow vaccine rollout, Tokyo and nine other regions under a state of emergency, and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases, most Japanese are opposing the event be hosted altogether.
But with a slow vaccine rollout, Tokyo and nine other regions under a state of emergency, and rising numbers of severe coronavirus cases, most Japanese are opposing the event be hosted altogether.
Authorities have not decided whether Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend the Games. There are fears that shouting, hugging and high-fiving could spread the virus.
Authorities have not decided whether Japanese spectators will be allowed to attend the Games. There are fears that shouting, hugging and high-fiving could spread the virus.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising in Japan, where the infection tally stands at nearly 8 lakh, with the death toll at over 14,000.
Cases of COVID-19 are rising in Japan, where the infection tally stands at nearly 8 lakh, with the death toll at over 14,000.
Concerns are also high about the impact of a failed event on the Japanese economy, given the economic disaster unleashed in Greece following the Athens Olympics.
Concerns are also high about the impact of a failed event on the Japanese economy, given the economic disaster unleashed in Greece following the Athens Olympics.
Published : June 28, 2021 06:58 PM IST
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