Olympics: Games organizers admit to wasting about 4,000 boxes of food

Tokyo Games organizers on Wednesday admitted to throwing away approximately 4,000 of the 10,000 pre-ordered bento boxes full of food that was to be fed to volunteers on the day of the opening ceremony.

Masanori Takaya, a spokesman for the organizing committee, confirmed the report and apologized in a press conference at the main press center.

“On the day of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, the large number of staff on duty meant that all of the volumes were large, and a lot of the food was not consumed,” Takaya said.

He explained that due to the heavy workload for volunteers they did not have a chance to eat the food, which was set to be turned into animal feed and used for biomass power generation.

Takaya revealed that there has been an approximately 20 to 30 percent surplus of food across all venues, particularly on July 23, the day the games opened. – Kyodo

大会組織委員会は23日に行われた東京オリンピックの開会式でボランティアやスタッフ向けに用意した弁当など、約4000食を廃棄したことを明らかにしました。 – ANNnewsCH

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