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MONACO---South Korean and Japanese
Olympic organisers will be able to make
changes to their venue plans for the 2018
and 2020 Games if the moves cut costs
and avoid white elephants, IOC President
Thomas Bach said yesterday.
Bach said that, if his package of reforms
is approved by the IOC next week, it will
give organisers more flexibility to adjust
their plans for the 2018 Winter Games in
Pyeongchang and the 2020 Olympics in
Organisers in both countries are facing
concerns over construction costs and other
financial pressures---issues that are
addressed in Bach s Olympic Agenda 2020
reforms that will be voted on here on Mon-
day and Tuesday.
"We are in discussion with the respective
organising committees about what the
Olympic Agenda 2020 means for them,"
Bach said at a news conference following
a meeting of his executive board. "It can
also be venue changes being discussed if
such a venue change leads to more sus-
tainability and leads to less expenses."
Bach said International Olympic Com-
mittee officials will visit both countries in
January and February to review their prepa-
rations and consider possible adjustments
emanating from the reforms.
Cho Yang-ho, head of Pyeongchang s
organising committee, said the reforms will
present "a lot of opportunities."
"At this stage various ideas are pondered,"
Cho said, without giving details. "After this
session we will have a clear understanding
about the new flexibility that Agenda 2020
provides...and we will consult with the
A dispute over construction costs has
raised worries about the Pyeongchang
Provincial and county councils recently
issued a joint statement threatening to give
up the rights to host the games if the central gov-
ernment doesn t commit to more financial support.
The government has offered to pay half of the
66.2 billion won ($60 million) cost for building a
new stadium to host the opening and closing cer-
emonies, Gangwon province councilman Lee Ki-
chan said this week.
However, he said Seoul must increase its share to
75 per cent or higher, otherwise the Olympics risk
financially crippling the province.
Pyeongchang organisers presented a progress
report to the IOC executive board yesterday.
"They told us they will deliver on time and on
budget," Bach said. "At the same time, what is true
for Tokyo is also true for Pyeongchang. If the Olympic
Agenda 2020 is approved, we will then enter into
discussions with regard to the implementation. This,
like in Tokyo, can include venue changes and can
lead to lesser capacities with regard to different ven-
Cho, who took over as head of the organising
committee in July following the sudden resignation
of the previous leader, has "the full confidence of
the IOC," Bach said.
"He has asked for some time after he took over
in order to address the difficult issues, including the
budget. He has to have discussions with the different
levels of government in Korea. The IOC executive
board has granted him this time."
In Japan, worries over rising costs have led Japanese
organizers to review their initial plans for having
the majority of venues located within an eight-kilo-
metre (five-mile) radius of the Olympic Village. The
reforms could clear the way for organisers to move
some events outside the central zone.
Saitama Super Arena, a 37,000-seat multipurpose
venue about one hour north of Tokyo, has been
proposed as a possible alternate location for the
Olympic basketball competition. Preliminary events
in basketball and soccer could also be held outside
Bach s reforms also include introduction of a more
flexible sports programme which could clear the
way for Tokyo to add baseball and softball to the
2020 Games. (AP)
Bach: Venue changes possible for 2018, 2020 Games
SAO PAULO---Brazil s Labor Ministry says labour
laws have been broken and health and safety
standards not met in construction of the Olympic
Park and athletes village for the 2016 Olympics
in Rio de Janeiro.
The ministry announced the irregularities on
its Web site.
It says workers have been made to work beyond
the two-hour overtime limit, have not been given
11 consecutive hours of rest between shifts, and
not received the mandatory one day off a week.
Inspectors found workers were not obliged to
use personal protective equipment like gloves,
safety glasses, shoes, earplugs, and hard hats.
Safety flaws were also found in temporary elec-
trical installations. (AP)
Labour laws broken
at Rio Olympic venues
DRESDEN---Berlin or Hamburg will bid for the
2024 Summer Olympics under plans formally
approved yesterday by Germany s National Olympic
The final choice will be made in March.
Both cities have anti-Olympic movements and
authorities plan referendums to gain popular support
for the bid.
Germany has not staged an Olympics since the
1972 Summer Games in Munich.
Munich failed in the bid for the 2018 Winter
Olympics, while a referendum rejected a renewed
bid for 2022. (AP)
Berlin or Hamburg to bid
for 2024 Summer Games
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