February 13, 2009

Japan promises compact Summer Games

Tokyo has promised to put on environmentally-friendly and reasonably priced Olympic Games if it is picked to host the 2016 Summer Games, officials said.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that the Tokyo 2016 Candidature File released Friday says Tokyo promises that half of event tickets would cost less than $59 and 95 percent of venues would be located within a radius of about five miles.

A city official said the proximity of events would make many people feel they would want to go.

The newspaper said the Japanese bid committee claims Tokyo's plan is the most compact in Olympic history.