Tokyo, Japan

Atos extends with IOC until Paris 2024, but may face competition for LA 2028

IOC president Thomas Bach speaks after the historic decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games IT firm Atos has extended its Worldwide Olympic Partnership deal with the International Olympic Committee for four years, until the end of 2024, guaranteeing continuity in the operations technology underpinning the Olympic Games. Atos’s previous deal was to expire after Tokyo 2020. The extension ...

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Yokohama unfazed by Las Vegas Sands withdrawal, blames COVID-19 pandemic

Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi has stated her belief that the global COVID-19 pandemic was behind the decision by Las Vegas Sands to withdraw from Japan’s IR race, stating at a press conference on Wednesday, “I am not particularly surprised.” While LVS Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson suggested in the company’s shock announcement on Wednesday that restrictive regulatory requirements were the primary ...

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Yokohama postpones release of IR Implementation Policy

The mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, has confirmed the city has pushed back it the announcement of its integrated resort implementation policy and its request-for-proposal (RFP) application requirements until August. Both had previously been scheduled to be released in June, with the city government opting to delay their publication in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, Hayashi emphasised that Yokohama’s ...

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Tokyo Games could be ‘greatest ever’, says Coates

The Tokyo Games were postponed for a year to 2021 in the aftermath of the new coronavirus outbreak. In Summary • Coates said he thought Tokyo could surpass even the reputation of the 2000 Sydney Games, which he helped organise and were described by then IOC chief Juan Antonio Samaranch as “the best Olympic Games ever”. • The bid, centred ...

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Bidding still open for cities to host 2021 World Table Tennis events

World Table Tennis (WTT) has reminded cities that bidding is still open to host competitions for its 2021 calendar despite more than 40 already stating their interest. With competitions at all tiers from the Grand Smashes, the largest events of the WTT Series, through to some of the smaller competitions, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has encouraged cities to ...

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Abe to stick to 2021 casino schedule, Tokyo to bid: GMA

The January 2021 to July 2021 application period for local authorities to ask Japan’s central government for the right to host a casino resort “will likely not move for a host of reasons,” suggests a research paper from consultancy firm Global Market Advisors LLC (GMA). GMA also thinks it is “not a matter of if but when” Tokyo will announce ...

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