2020 Tokyo Olympics cost estimate reportedly comes in 7 times over budget

  • The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics — to be held in Tokyo, Japan — are estimated to cost 801.1 billion yen ($7.03 billion), Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reported on Friday.
  • Japan had previously estimated that the games would cost around 112.7 billion yen, according to the report.

The 2020 Olympics and Paralympics — to be held in Tokyo, Japan — are estimated to cost seven times more than what was originally budgeted, Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reported on Friday.

Hosting the mega-events would cost Japan 801.1 billion yen ($7.03 billion), the report said, citing the country’s Board of Audit. That’s the agency that reviews government expenditure.

Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, had earlier estimated that the games would cost around 112.7 billion yen, according to the report.

Hosting the Olympics has become an expensive venture, and a number of past hosts — Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and Russia’s Sochi, for example — went into debt after overshooting their budgets.

For more on the budget of the 2020 games, read the report from The Mainichi.

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