The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has given the green light to Aichi Prefecture and its capital Nagoya as joint candidate hosts for the 2026 Asian Games.
Representatives of Nagoya city and Aichi Prefecture visited the JOC office last week, to resume talks regarding a joint bid; after previous discussions between the two sides had hit a road block, due to the central Japanese prefecture not having supplied detailed cost estimates.
The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) subsequently gave its approval to the proposed bid for the multi-sport event, with Aichi Prefecture and its capital, Nagoya, put forward as joint hosts.
The JOC’s backing was issued on condition that the two local governments submit an official document stating they agree on the co-hosting scheme before the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) General Assembly.
Aichi’s prefectural government previously said that the Games will cost approximately Y85bn (€249.2m/$280m), with Aichi to pay two thirds of the total cost and Nagoya responsible for the remainder. Costs would be slightly offset by Y25bn in sponsorship and other revenue.
Aichi’s prefectural government has since indicated to Nagoya that total costs are estimated to reach roughly 85 billion yen, out of which 25 billion yen is expected to be covered by sponsorships and other revenue. The prefecture is expected to pay two-thirds of the remainder and Nagoya the rest.
The JOC Executive Board met in Tokyo and decided that the two local governments will be required to submit an attested official document agreeing to co-host the Games.
The OCA is expected to select the host location at its 35th General Assembley taking place this Sunday, 25 September, in Da Nang, Vietnam.
Aichi governor, Hideaki Omura, said in a statement:
There are expectations that we would be able to lead the event to success if we jointly host it.
Japan last staged the Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994. Indonesia’s Jakarta and Palembang will host the next edition of the Asian Games in 2018.
Image: The Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, will host the opening and closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games in 2018. Courtesy: OCA.
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