Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike pledged to cut costs amid fears of a ballooning budget ©Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 have claimed hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games will cost between ¥1.6 trillion (£10.8 billion/$13.6 billion/€13 billion) and ¥1.8 trillion (£12.2 billion/$15.2 billion/€14.6 billion), according to reports in Japan.

According to Kyodo News, the Japanese, Tokyo Metropolitan and Local Governments will inject between ¥1.1 trillion (£7.5 billion/$9.3 billion/€8.9 billion) and ¥1.34 trillion (£9.1 billion/$11.4 billion/€11 billion).

The revised estimate is due to be presented to the Four Party Working Group, consisting of representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 and both the Central and City Governments, on Wednesday (December 21).

The figure now being touted by organisers is significantly lower than the budget cap of $20 billion (£16 billion/€19 billion) revealed by Tokyo 2020 last month.

It will likely be greeted with relief by the IOC after vice-president John Coates said the amount "risks giving a bad impression" to cities considering bidding for the Games. 

Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori cited ¥2 trillion (£13.5 billion/$17 billion/€16.2 billion) as their maximum budget cap in November although the figure given during a Four Party Working Group meeting and afterwards by Coates was the slightly higher $20 billion one.

The latest revision of the figure comes after a Metropolitan Government Task Force warned in September that drastic changes must be taken to avoid the budget ballooning to ¥3 trillion (£20 billion/$25.4 billion/€24.3 billion).

The amount was more than four times the initial one given during the bidding phase.

IOC vice-president John Coates warned Tokyo 2020's $20 billion budget cap “risks giving a bad impression” to cities considering bidding for the Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images
IOC vice-president John Coates warned Tokyo 2020's $20 billion budget cap “risks giving a bad impression” to cities considering bidding for the Olympic and Paralympic Games ©Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 have sought to play down concerns over spiralling costs since, although the Task Force sparked further fears when they proposed venues for three sports - swimming, canoeing and volleyball - be moved to address the issue.

An alternative aquatics centre and a rowing and canoe sprint venue 400 kilometres away at Tome in Miyagi Prefecture were each rejected in favour of downscaled versions of existing plans for new venues - the Olympic Aquatics Stadium and Sea Forest course respectively.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike then announced yesterday that plans to stage volleyball at an existing venue in Yokohama had been scrapped in favour of the original proposal of building a new facility in Tokyo Bay.

The Ariake Arena was put forward in the initial plans and was confirmed as the venue for the sport at Tokyo 2020 by Koike.

The Governor has also claimed building the Ariake Arena will cost significantly less than first thought - ¥33.9 billion (£231 million/$287 million/€275 million) instead of ¥40.4 billion (£275 million/$342 million/€327 million).

The aquatics and canoeing venues due to feature at the Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese capital have also been the subject of significant savings, Koike said during her weekly press conference at City Hall yesterday.

The Aquatics Centre will set organisers back ¥29.8 billion (£203 million/$253 million/€241 million) rather than the initial projection of ¥49.1 billion (£334 million/$416 million/€398 million), while the canoeing facility is now due to cost around ¥52 billion (£354 million/$441 million/€421 million), down from ¥68.3 billion (£465 million/$579 billion/€553 million).