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Tokyo Olympics cost $13bn, 20% more than organizer said: auditors

Athlete training, doping prevention, work on stadiums added to the total

Work done on the National Stadium in Tokyo was not included in the total costs of the Olympics cited by the Tokyo Organizing Committee in June.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The cost of hosting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics last year came to 1.69 trillion yen ($12.8 billion), Japanese auditors said Wednesday, citing a sum that is 20% more than what the organizing committee reported.

The total from the Board of Audit, an independent government watchdog, pegs the cost of the Games at 130% higher than the estimates released in 2013, when Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Olympics. The board submitted the report to lawmakers on Wednesday.

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