No news on rescheduled Olympics until fall


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In this March 24, 2020, photo, workers stand at the bottom of the Olympic rings in Tokyo’s Odaiba district.

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TOKYO — Olympics organizing CEO Toshirō Mutō said not to expect much solid news on progress toward next year’s rescheduled Tokyo games until planning reaches its “second phase” in the fall.

This includes who pays for the delay, estimated in Japan at $2 billion to $6 billion; deal-making to secure the same 43 venues and competition schedule; and how to keep fans, staff and athletes safe from the coronavirus.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has suggested a possible quarantine for athletes, floated the possibility of little fan access, and has not ruled out empty stadiums.

“If you ask, are we just around the first corner of the 400-meter race, I cannot answer that question,” said Mutō, speaking through an interpreter during an online news conference. “But I can tell you this much. I do not feel we are late in our preparations. I do not feel we are being delayed in any way.”

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