Mori / Cho (ATR)
(ATR) These two organizing committee chairmen are the first to deal with the ramifications of Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms.
Mori faces a challenge in that Tokyo also will not build venues it cannot afford, despite the promise of the Olympic bid. Mori, 77, served as prime minister from 2000 to 2001.
Even before the Olympic Agenda reforms took shape, Mori and other leaders of Tokyo 2020 notified the IOC and the international federations that a full-scale review of the venue plan for the Games was needed.
Now instead of the ultra compact venue plan that was the centerpiece of the 2020 bid, Mori and his team are coming up with changes that address cost and sustainability issues and will result in new locations for a number of the sports on the program.
Speaking of the sports program, Mori and Tokyo 2020 will have the chance to nominate one or more new sports for the program under the rules approved in Olympic Agenda.
The choice belongs to the organizing committee and is expected to be made in the coming months so that it can be ratified by the IOC Session in August 2015.
Cho has a similar challenge as Tokyo to find a way to delive venues still needed for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang against the twin pressures of cost and time.
Olympic Agenda may have opened the door for Cho to move events outside of the PyeongChang area to make use of existing facilities.
The national government, which is funding most of the venue construction, is keen to avoid building anything that won’t be used after the Olympics. The coming year will bring choices determining the course towards the 2018 Winter Games and serve as an example for future Winter Games organizing committees to follow.
Cho, who led the successful bid for 2018 and is chairman of Korean Airlines, was brought aboard last year with POCOG mired in bureaucracy, failing to generate sufficient sponsorship revenue and absent domestic or international communications.
But in the past month Cho has become wrapped in a public relations debacle at Korean Airlines over the actions of his daughter, then a KAL vice president. Aboard a Dec. 5 KAL flight from New York, Heather Cho demanded that it return to the gate over the way a flight attendant served nuts. She resigned all connections to KAL in the aftermath and was arrested in Seoul this week over charges connected to the incident.
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