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Day: September 17, 2020

Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

Former Springbok prop Beast Mtawarira says it was a huge honor to be a part of the team’s series win over the British & Irish Lions in 2009. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The opening match of the crucial Test series against the Lions in 2009 also turned out to be a contest that unequivocally announced Mtawarira’s arrival on the Test scene.

Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice
Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

‘A 23-year-old Mtawarira was playing in just his 11th Test match for the Springboks but put in a magnificent performance in the scrums against his opposite number and England veteran Phil Vickery, who popped like a champagne cork almost every time he engaged with Mtawarira.’

Which looked back at the 2009 series – the last time the Lions toured South Africa – Mtawarira apologized to Vickery, saying that he was eager to make his mark on the biggest stage of world rugby.

‘Playing against the Lions is probably the next best thing to playing in a World Cup,’ Mtawarira said. ‘It’s such a big occasion and such a huge honor to be a part of.

Prop Beast Mtawarira I’m sorry Phil, but I had no choice

‘At the time when I got picked, I was excited to contribute to the success of the team.

‘I was quite young, I was 22 and I wanted to make my mark in world rugby. I’m sorry for Phil Vickery but I had no choice.’

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Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshirō Mutō has dismissed a study by Oxford academics on the cost of the Olympics.

The paper suggested Tokyo 2020 would be the most expensive Games in history, putting the cost at $15.84 billion (£12.25 billion/€13.34 billion). Olympic fans can book Olympic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

This does not include the financial impact of the postponement of Tokyo 2020 until 2021, caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

Speaking after the latest meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board, Mutō rejected the claims. 

“There are no financial grounds for the numbers revealed in that report,” he said, as reported by Reuters.

“I am not in a position to comment on that currently – I am simply confused by this.”

The last budget given by Tokyo 2020 was in December 2019 and put the cost at $12.6 billion (£9.8 billion/€10.6 billion).

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has already said the postponement will cost them around $800 million (£620 million/€670 million), while Japanese organizers have yet to announce what their share will be.

Simplification measures are being discussed to reduce the cost of the Games, including those relating to the number of people involved, infrastructure, and Ceremonies.

The exact cost of the items will not be available until December.

The 39-page study – Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up – was carried out by academics at the University of Oxford and headed up by Professor Bent Flyvbjerg. 

It focused on the sports-related costs of hosting the Games, excluding transport and tourism infrastructure that is often lumped in, and found that “every Olympics since 1960 has run over budget”.

Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs
Tokyo 2020 chief executive Mutō dismisses report on Olympic costs

It notably suggested that the IOC should be obliged to cover 10 percent of any Olympic Games cost overrun, arguing that currently “there is little alignment between incentives to keep costs down and making decisions about cost”.

The IOC has been critical of the paper, however, claiming that it took a “fundamentally flawed approach” by mixing the budget for the organization of the Games and the infrastructure budgets of the host city, region, and country.

Flyvbjerg has since written to IOC President Thomas Bach with a point-by-point rebuttal of criticisms of the paper.    

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