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  • Tokyo Executive Committee Finalized; Krakow 2022 Referendum Critics


    Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto (Getty Images)
    Tokyo Finalizes Executive Committee

    The Tokyo 2020 Executive Committee met on Wednesday to approve the final 10 members of the board.

    Six vice presidents, three senior executive board members and a director general are the new appointees.

    A statement from Tokyo 2020 says the move “has now completed the laying of a successful foundation” for the Tokyo Olympics.

    During the meeting, the Executive Committee also approved $24.3 million for the headquarters’ budget for the upcoming year.

    The committee decided the three “main points of emphasis” for the upcoming year would be the formation of a Games Foundation Plan, marketing and strategic communications activities and strengthening of headquarters capabilities and establishing a solid financial base.

    MPs Slam Krakow Referendum Decision

    Krakow's Wisla Stadium. (Getty Images)
    Polish parliamentarians are now questioning Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski’s support of the 2022 Olympic campaign.

    MPs were quoted in Polish media saying Monday’s decision to call for a referendum on hosting the Olympics shows “shown that he’s not a supporter of the Games.”

    “Why should the government reserve money now for investments to accompany the Games?” Jozef Lassota, a former mayor of Krakow and current MP was quoted as saying.

    “The Games are a joint project,” MP Ireneusz Ras added.

    Other MPs are upset at the cost of the referendum. Polish Radio reports the referendum will cost some $330 million.

    The IOC will vote on a host city for the 2022 Olympics in 2015.

    Krakow is in the race for the Games against Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Lviv, Ukraine and Oslo.

    Written by Ed Hula III

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