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Olympics: Tokyo Games organizing committee officially ends operation

Seiko Hashimoto, right, president of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee, and Toshiro Muto, CEO of the organizing committee, pose for photos in Tokyo on June 30, 2022. (Pool photo/Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee officially ceased operations Thursday, eight-and-a-half years after its incorporation.

    At the final staff meeting in Tokyo, organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto praised members for successfully staging the games last summer in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other highly publicized crises.

    "Even in the difficult circumstances (of the pandemic), there was a belief that the job would get done, because it was Japan," Hashimoto said.

    "The efforts of organizing committee staff each day made it possible to live up to such high expectations."

    Long before the coronavirus forced the games to be held a year late and behind closed doors, organizers were prompted to scrap the original Tokyo Olympic logo following accusations the design was plagiarized.

    Hashimoto's predecessor as organizing committee president, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, stepped down in February 2021 after making sexist remarks about women.

    Some 7,000 people drawn from the national, metropolitan and local governments, as well as the private sector, were involved in the organizing committee.

    The cost of hosting the Olympics and Paralympics is estimated to total 1.42 trillion yen ($10.4 billion), nearly doubling the 734 billion yen quoted as part of the 2013 bid.

    Organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto will be part of a four-person group charged with overseeing the liquidation of the committee from next month.

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