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Venue changes possible for 2018, 2020 Games: Bach

AP , Saturday 6 Dec 2014
Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach (Photo: Reuters)

The IOC will allow South Korean and Japanese Olympic organizers to make changes to their venue plans for the 2018 and 2020 Games if the moves result in cutting costs and avoiding white elephants.

IOC President Thomas Bach says that if his package of proposed reforms is approved next week, organizers of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo can consider venue changes if it ''leads to more sustainability and leads to less expense.''

Bach says IOC officials will visit both cities in January and February to review their preparations.

He says the reforms will give organizers more flexibility to adjust their plans.

Organizers in both host countries are facing concerns over construction costs and other financial issues.

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