Hiroshima and Nagasaki Still Exploring 2020 Bid

Japan Times reports Hiroshima and Nagasaki are continuing to explore the possibility of co-hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic Games despite a negative response from a key International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive.

Koji Utsunomiya, head of Hiroshima’s sports promotion division, said Tuesday, “we understand that we have to overcome towering hurdles, though we haven’t received an official response from the IOC side”.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said, “we will come up with necessary measures after hearing the actual reasons (for the negative comments)”.

Meanwhile Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Tuesday that the central government didn’t want to comment yet because it was not clear what the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), which operates events and provides services to promote the Games, intends to do.

Hirano told a news conference, “it’s something the government will contemplate by keeping in mind what the JOC comes up with”, adding he has yet to hear what Tokyo wants to do regarding the 2020 Games.

Utsonomiya pointed out that in the past some Olympic events have been held outside the host city. He said, “we will study some possibilities for effective joint hosting, such as designating one city as the host of the Olympics while setting up venues for some events in the other”.

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