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IOC to pay $800m to address coronavirus crisis

Published : 15 May 2020, 13:17

  DF-Xinhua Report

IOC President Thomas Bach attended an IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jan. 8, 2020. File Photo Xinhua.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will cover costs of up to 800 million U.S. dollars incurred due to the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, IOC president Thomas Bach said at a teleconference on Thursday.

The teleconference came after the IOC's first-ever full remote meeting, which approved a financial envelope of 800 million dollars.

"We anticipate that we will have to bear costs of up to 800 million U.S. dollars for our part of the responsibility for the organization of the Games," Bach said.

According to Bach, 650 million dollars will go towards the organization of the postponed Tokyo Games, and an aid package of up to 150 million dollars will be provided for the Olympic Movement, including international federations, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and IOC-recognized organisations.

The meeting also revealed that the 136th IOC session, originally scheduled to be held before the Tokyo Olympic Games' opening ceremony this year, will instead be held virtually on July 17 and be broadcast live to the public.