Tokyo Olympics Budget Increases to $15.4B

    • It’s a 22% increase from last year.
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The official cost of the postponed Tokyo Olympics is now $15.4 billion, a 22% increase from last year’s budget of $12.6 billion. 

The $2.8 billion difference stems from costs of the one-year delay like renegotiating contracts and implementing COVID-19 safety measures. Costs specifically related to combating the virus total $900 million.

Audits by the Japanese government, however, have suggested that the actual cost of the games will be closer to $30 billion.

  • When Tokyo won the bid for the event in 2013, it said it would cost $7.5 billion.
  • The Japanese government and taxpayers are responsible for all but $6.7 billion of the cost, an increasingly hard sell to the public as anti-Olympics sentiment grows. 

About 70 domestic sponsors have already contributed a record $3.3 billion, and other companies will reportedly tack on $150 million more. 

In October, Tokyo organizers announced that they would shave $280 million off the budget by cutting back on some frills like hospitality offerings.