Tick tock, tick tock. The Tokyo Olympic clock has hit 500 days to go.
Organizers marked the milestone on Tuesday, unveiling the stylized pictogram figures for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics. The pictogram system was first used extensively in 1964 when the Japanese capital lasted hosted the Olympics _ simply 19 years after the top of World Struggle II.
A crude image system was first used within the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and later in London in 1948. However the ’64 Olympics originated the standardized symbols which have grow to be acquainted in each Olympics since then.
Japanese athletes posed with the pictograms and their designer, Masaaki Hiromura. Organizers additionally toured areas that may host Olympic occasions, together with the world north of Tokyo that was devastated by a 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing harm to close by nuclear reactors.
Not like different current Olympics, building initiatives are largely on schedule. The brand new Olympics stadium, the centerpiece of the video games, is to be accomplished by the by the top of the yr at a price estimated at $1.25 billion.
That is to not say these Olympics are downside free.
Prices proceed to rise, though native organizers and the IOC say they’re slicing prices — or not less than slowing the rise.
For instance, final month organizers mentioned the price of the opening and shutting ceremonies had risen by 40 p.c in contrast with the forecast in 2013 when Tokyo was awarded the video games.
Total, Tokyo is spending not less than $20 billion to host the Olympics. About 75 p.c of that is public cash, though prices are tough to trace with arguments over what are — and what will not be — Olympic bills. That determine is about 3 times bigger than the bid forecast in 2013.
Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a strong Worldwide Olympic Committee member, can be being investigated in a vote-buying scandal that will have helped Tokyo land the Olympics.
Takeda has denied wrongdoing and has not resigned from any of his positions with the IOC or in Japan.
He’s up for re-election to the Japanese Olympic Committee this summer season and will face stress to step apart.