Coates to Chair Tokyo 2020 Commission
17 October 2013
TOKYO: Australia's International Olympic Committee vice-president John Coates has been appointed chairman of the coordination commission for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
The IOC said on Tuesday in a statement that Coates, 63, was appointed by new IOC president Thomas Bach to chair the 15-strong commission which will assist Japanese organisers.
Coates, the Australian Olympic Committee president, joined the IOC in 2001. He was instrumental in Sydney winning the 2000 bid and then delivering an exceptional Games.
“I thank IOC President Thomas Bach for entrusting me with this great honour and responsibility. He has appointed outstanding personalities who will each bring to the Commission different skills and experiences and together I have no doubt we will be able to assist Tokyo to deliver an outstanding Games in 2020," Coates said.
Tokyo was elected 2020 hosts over Madrid and Istanbul by the IOC Session last
month in Buenos Aires, where Germany's Bach succeeded Jacques Rogge of
Belgium atop the IOC.
He has been on the executive board since 2009 and was last month elected vice-president.
He is a member of the Rio 2016 coordination commission and was also on that commission for the London 2012 Games. Coates is also on the IOC juridical and TV rights and new media commissions.