IOC boss ducks Korea row in Tokyo 2020 visit


TOKYO: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Wednesday dodged questions over reports some Tokyo 2020 events could be held in South Korea, a move which would further embarrass beleaguered Games organizers. The IOC is considering staging rowing and canoeing in the South Korean city of Chungju, according to Japanese media, as they try to slash a Tokyo 2020 budget which has skyrocketed to an estimated $28 billion — four times that of the initial bid. But Bach was hurriedly ushered out of a scheduled press briefing in the Japanese capital after answering prepared questions from Tokyo Olympic officials that hinted at further friction between local organisers and city politicians. With the Korean bombshell — which cited unnamed sources — making headlines, a media gathering was quickly shut down as nervous Tokyo organizers refused to allow more than 100 journalists to question Bach about the reports.



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