IOC gives backing to Tokyo's warring factions

Warnings that ballooning costs could hit a staggering $30 billion -- four times the initial estimate, and almost triple that of the 2012 London Olympics -- have cast a shadow over Tokyo's preparationsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday predicted that bickering 2020 Tokyo Games organisers will come together to produce a workable budget as costs threaten to spiral out of control. IOC vice president John Coates, who heads the coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, insisted Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike and local organising committee head Yoshiro Mori could find common ground despite clashing over proposed venue changes. “Yes, I’m confident that governor Koike and president Mori and the two organisations that they lead can work together,” Coates told a news conference after concluding a two-day visit to Tokyo.

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