GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Olympic sports leaders criticized Tokyo Games organizers on Tuesday for cutting spending on how events will be presented at venues next year.
Less than 15 months before the 2020 Olympics open on July 24, Tokyo officials faced tough questioning Tuesday at the annual conference of Summer Games sports federations.
Tokyo’s latest plans for sports presentation — branding and dressing venues, plus informing and entertaining spectators — were “shockingly poor” in judo, a senior official from that governing body said.
International Judo Federation official Larisa Kiss cautioned Tokyo’s delegation against a repeat of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics “where the look was quite cheap.”
The current Olympic venue was compared unfavorably with the annual Japanese competition on judo’s World Tour series.