26 May 2011

Disaster driving Tokyo's 2020 bid plans

6:22 am on 26 May 2011

Tokyo is pushing ahead with its 2020 Olympic Games bid while Japan continues to recover from a deadly earthquake and tsunami and battles a nuclear crisis north of the capital.

A senior Japanese Olympic Committee says Tokyo will make a formal announcement in July.

In an interview days after Hiroshima scrapped its 2020 plans for financial reasons the JOC's Olympic cooperation director Yasuhiro Nakamori said the March 11 disaster threw preparations into a spin.

Nakamori says they have to assess the situation with the nuclear issue, although the final decision will be made by the JOC.

It will make an announcement in mid-July and a bid must also be approved by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government .

City governor Shintaro Ishihara has spoken positively of a fresh bid for 2020 but he's been criticised for spending an estimated $175 million on Tokyo's failed bid for the 2016 Games, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro.