Japan Torn Over IOC's Cost-Saving Plans

      December 09, 2014 12:24

      Japan has welcomed International Olympic Committee's cost-saving proposal to hold some of the events in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang there, but at the same time does not want to share the spoils of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo with Korea.

      Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko on Monday declined to comment on the issue, saying the IOC had not reached a final decision on the matter.

      No officials in the Japanese government or sports body are willing to comment officially on the issue. Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the IOC's proposal could involve the use of facilities in Nagano, which hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics.

      But Tokyo, which will host the summer Olympics in 2020, has already canceled the construction of three new stadiums citing budget limitations.

      The IOC said existing facilities in Osaka or nearby Saitama could be used instead, but Tokyo officials say there are plenty of facilities in or near the capital to handle the sports extravaganza.

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