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Tokyo's IOC Orientation

18 November 2013

TOKYO 2020: Two months after Tokyo winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, reality is beginning to set in for the Japanese capital.

Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) visited Tokyo to host a two-day Orientation Seminar with key representatives of Tokyo 2020, preparing them for the Olympic Games in seven years’ time.

This session precedes an important visit by IOC President Thomas Bach and Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates this Wednesday. It will be President Bach’s first official visit to the Japanese capital, where he is expected to convene with representatives of Tokyo 2020 and the local government.

It is an equally important visit for Coates, who has been entrusted with overseeing Tokyo 2020 for the IOC.

Led by the IOC’s Executive Director for the Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli, the session gave local organisers and their partners advice on managing the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games; the key milestones that occur during the lifecycle of an Organising Committee; and the key factors to be looked at during the transition period.

“This orientation seminar has enabled us to lay the foundation for the future and to build upon the transfer of knowledge that Tokyo has already benefited from during the bid process,” Felli said.

“Organising the Olympic Games is a complex undertaking, which requires great teamwork and a strong partnership from those involved, so we were pleased with the high level of commitment from all the seminar’s participants.”

Various stakeholders in Japan were involved in the Seminar, including all levels of government as well as business and sports leaders.

The Tokyo Bid Committee Chairman, Japanese Olympic President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda led the Tokyo 2020 delegation at the session.

“The seminar was attended by some 200 participants and, judging by the questions raised during the seminar and the initial feedback I have already received, I am sure that we all learned a great deal about the complexities and challenges of organising an event as enormous and prestigious as the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Takeda said.

“Our discussions with the IOC team were extremely productive, and we are looking forward with renewed motivation, determination and enthusiasm to working closely with the IOC and all concerned members of the Olympic family, to ensure that Tokyo delivers Games that will take their place in the long and distinguished history of the Olympic Movement.”

The next stage for the organisers will be to finalise the formation of the Organising Committee.

IOC release edited by AOC