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[1 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]

While Rio Olympic organizers are under immense pressure to finish preparations before Aug 5, their Tokyo counterparts are already facing skyrocketing costs for an event four years away.
Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori acknowledged at an executive board meeting this week the cost of building seven temporary venues for the Olympics has surged to an estimated $2.6 billion, up from an initial estimate of $690 million.
Mori said the original figures were the result of sloppy calculations which he blamed on the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee.
The …

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[20 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

The governor of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of financial emergency on Friday, requesting federal funds to help fulfill obligations for public services during the Olympics, which start Aug 5.
Emergency measures are needed to avoid “a total collapse in public security, health, education, transport and environmental management,” a decree in the state’s Official Gazette said. The state’s revenue has slumped in the last two years as global oil prices have collapsed.
The announcement followed this week’s visit to the Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro by …

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[24 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Candidature files from Paris, Rome, Los Angeles and Budapest to host the 2024 Olympic Games were all delivered on schedule, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed on Wednesday.
The new Candidature Process encourages the cities to present projects which match their sports, economic, social and environmental long-term regional planning needs.
This is part of the ‘Olympic 2020 Agenda’ which also insists on the use of existing facilities and provides flexibility for the venues to meet local sustainability and legacy needs.
A delighted IOC President Thomas Bach, confirming the four candidates, was clearly impressed …

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[23 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Los Angeles has unveiled its logo for the city’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, displaying it on a digital screen on the 30th floor of a downtown skyscraper shortly after sunset on Tuesday.
The logo is a figure of a soaring angel with outstretched arms and legs illuminated by the rays of the sun, which emanate from a point of light at the figure’s heart in a palette of purple, red, orange and yellow, colors often seen in the city sky at sunrise and sunset. The city’s slogan for the bid …

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[24 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Tokyo 2020 organizers have advocated making their Olympic medals out of recycled metals in an effort to give an environmentally “sustainable” hue to the Games.
Members of a task force in charge of drawing up a “legacy plan” for the event are advocating that the gold, silver and bronze medals be made from recycled metals, task force chairman Hiroshi Komiyama told reporters.
Komiyama said that discarded products such as mobile phones, personal computers and others containing precious metals could be used to produce the medals.
The idea will be submitted to a board …

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[8 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still wiping the egg from their faces over the controversy surrounding the event’s possibly plagiarized, definitely dropped logo. Not only is the Organising Committee scrambling to prepare a new emblem, it also has to deal with recalling all of the promotional items it had already produced bearing the now cancelled design.
But with the rather convincing accusations that designer Kenjiro Sano copied the emblem coming so late in the game, some of those promotional materials have already made their way into the hands …

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[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics organisers on Tuesday scrapped the event’s scandal-hit logo in the latest mishap for the Games after a costs furor forced plans for a 252 billion yen new national stadium to be torn up.
The decision—which comes amid plagiarism claims and mounting questions about the logo designer’s credibility—caps an embarrassing month for Olympic officials as the ditching of the stadium means a new showpiece may only be ready a few months before the global event.
Japanese Olympic bosses announced their decision at a hastily arranged press conference Tuesday, in a …

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[31 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Japan plans to slash construction costs for a new national stadium, the centerpiece of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by a third from the previous estimate of 252 billion yen, several ruling party lawmakers and senior government officials said on Thursday.
The government plans to put a cap for the stadium’s construction costs at around 160 billion yen, compared with the previous plan, scrapped in July amid public anger over sky-rocketing costs.
The stadium will be designed to house about 68,000 people, big enough for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic …

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[19 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

The designer of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics logo has apologised after admitting his team traced the designs used for a Suntory promotion campaign, as he faces plagiarism allegations over the Games design.
Besieged designer Kenjiro Sano made the apology on Friday after withdrawing some designs created for the drinks giant following claims that there might be copyright problems.
“Following our in-house investigation, it was found that we traced designs created by a third party for part of our designs,” Sano said in a statement posted on his design office’s website.
“I feel very sorry …

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[9 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano refuted claims Wednesday that he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he created the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Speaking at a press conference, Sano said his design is original and that he never saw the emblem for the Theatre de Liege before creating his logo.
Belgian designer Olivier Debie has asked the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers to change the logo because it bears too much resemblance to his emblem for the theater in the city of Liege.
“I am extremely surprised …