Tokyo Olympics 2020 to Incur Over $800 Million in Losses in a Fan-Less Event

Published 07/13/2021, 7:51 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Games Delivery Officer Hidemasa Nakamura, Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto attend a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach (not pictured) at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo, Japan July 13, 2021. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS


Every major sports tournament has cancelation insurance. Like the recently concluded Wimbledon Championships had an insurance payout worth more than 100 million dollars when it was canceled in 2020. Tokyo Olympics 2020 was postponed from 2020 and did have an insurance cover that has now been used up. So the local organizers are facing serious amounts of losses as the event is set to be held behind closed doors.

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The Olympic Rings monument is seen outside the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) headquarters. REUTERS/Issei Kato

What is the insurance cover for Tokyo Olympics 2020?

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As a whole, Tokyo Olympics 2020 is insured for around $2 billion. Moreover, there is an additional $600 million for hospitality. The International Olympics Council(IOC) has an event cancelation insurance policy worth $800 million and the Tokyo Committee has $650 million.

The IOC is responsible for sponsorship and TV rights whereas, the local organizers are responsible for ticket sales. Whereas IOC has invested only 1 billion in the host city, The Tokyo Committee has invested a lot more. Hence when the pandemic forced the organizers to postpone the event, the local committee used its insurance cover to re-book the hotels, venues and paid off other costs.

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Now in 2021, as the pandemic again forced them to hold the games behind closed doors, they are looking at losses of over 800 million. This loss is uninsured and hence the organizers are facing this huge sum of losses. The organizers obviously had banked on recovering a few costs of the games through full ticket prices, but now that has gone down the drain. The financial burden now solely will fall on the Tokyo Committee.

The COVID-19 scare has been increasing in Japan. With less than 20 percent of the population vaccinated, the virus is again making inroads into the country. The Japanese capital is still seeing over 500 daily cases of the virus. The cases should start decreasing as Japan is in a state of emergency. But then if the different nations bring in the virus then the organizers will again be troubled to curb the scare of the virus inside the Olympic village.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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