Olympics to spend $900 mln on COVID-19 measures

$900 million dollars. That’s how much organizers of next years’ Tokyo Olympic Games are spending to keep athletes and spectators safe from spreading coronavirus.

The figure was revealed on Tuesday (December 22) as part of the latest budget for the delayed event - taking the Games' total cost to $15.4 billion.

Those COVID-19 countermeasures were included in the extra $2.8 billion allocated to cover the cost of postponing from this year because of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government has declared he will host the Olympics "at any cost," and is pressing ahead with the preparations.

Tokyo Olympics chief executive Toshiro Muto repeated the commitment to making the Olympics safe.

"It's still a big issue for us to secure as many medical staff as we hope for when facing a situation where private medical institutions are struggling with management because of the coronavirus."

Countermeasures will include a PCR testing infrastructure and setting up a designated clinic.

Some of the extra costs will be covered by additional sponsorship and insurance, organizers previously said this month.

They would also tap a contingency fund detailed in last year's budget to cover some costs.