Tokyo 2020; Press release: Joint Statement on Spectator Capacities at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (TOCOG)

Joint Statement on Spectator Capacities at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Tokyo, 21 June 2021

Today, on 21 June, the five parties, namely the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and the Government of Japan (GoJ), met to discuss spectator limits for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The IOC and IPC were informed about and support the policies the three Japanese parties have decided on.

The main decisions are as follows:
• In light of the government’s restrictions on public events, the spectator limit for the Olympic Games will be set at “50 per cent of venue capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 people” at all venues. (Students in the schools’ spectator programme and their supervisors will not be considered in these numbers, and will be treated separately as they are not spectators.)
• The current competition schedule remains unchanged. In principle, spectators will be admitted to events subject to the above limits.
• However, in the event that a state of emergency or other priority measures aimed at preventing infection are implemented at any time after 12 July 2021, restrictions on spectator numbers at the Games, including non-spectator competitions, will be based on the content of the state of emergency or other relevant measures in force at that time.
• In the event of any rapid change in infection status and in the capacity of the medical care system, a five- party meeting will be held promptly to consider further measures.
• The Japanese parties have formulated guidelines for spectators aimed at ensuring safe and secure environments. These stipulate that masks should be worn in venues at all times; speaking in a loud voice or shouting will be prohibited; congestion should be avoided by means of appropriate announcements; and visitors should leave venues in a staggered manner. Spectators will be requested to travel directly to venues and return home directly, and to take all necessary precautions when moving between prefectures.
• Given the COVID-19 situation, the Japanese parties intend to look into either cancelling or reducing the scale of any live sites and public viewing events to minimise the movement of people, review any other Games- related events, and establish new safe and secure ways of cheering and supporting the athletes.
• A framework will be implemented to keep monitoring the status of infections and medical care using expert advice.
• Consistent and unified messages aimed at ensuring safe and secure Games by the five parties will be delivered.
• The equivalent policies governing the Paralympic Games will be decided by 16 July 2021, a week before the opening of the Olympic Games.

In order to conduct safe and secure Games for the whole of Japan, there will be strong coordination and cooperation with local governments to ensure the above guidelines are followed.

The situation will be monitored in Japan and abroad, including the status of the different variants of the coronavirus, and all necessary action will be taken promptly. Vaccination of those involved with the Games will continue, and the vaccination status will be further updated.

There are 32 days to go until the Olympic Games. There are 64 days to go until the Paralympic Games. The five parties will continue to work together to ensure safe and secure Games for all.

Tokyo 2020; Design podium and uniforms Victory Ceremonies unveiled

Podium

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic podiums were created using donated recycled household plastic waste with Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner Procter & Gamble. Titled the Recycled Plastic Victory Ceremony Podium Project, the podiums were created with the purpose of showing the world the different ways in which a sustainable society can be realised, and engaged the whole population of Japan in the podium production process in an historic Games first. The podiums were designed by TOKOLO Asao, the designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems, and embody the emblems’ message of “Unity in Diversity”. The podium sides feature a three-dimensional representation of the chequered emblem pattern “ichimatsu moyo”, a design in the traditional Japanese colour of indigo blue that expresses the refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan.

With the support of Professor TANAKA Hiroya of Keio University in Tokyo, an expert in digital fabrication techniques, the podiums were created using highly advanced 3D printer technology. In addition, aluminium waste recycled from temporary housing provided in the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake was used to create the Olympic and Paralympic symbols embedded in the podiums, in collaboration with Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, LIXIL Corporation. In approximately nine months, 24.5 tonnes of recycled plastic—the equivalent of around 400,000 bottles of laundry detergent—were collected and utilised in the construction of the 98 podiums that will be used during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

 

Costumes and Medal Trays

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Based on the concept of modern ceremonial dress, the costume designs incorporate traditional kimono production techniques, such as “kasane” (layering), “ori” (weaving), “musubi” (knots), and “so-me” (dyeing), while also featuring the ingenuity of modern clothing design, such as cooling technology to make the wearer more comfortable in the summer heat. To represent the diversity of volunteers who will carry the medals and escort athletes at Victory Ceremonies, the volunteers themselves can choose between trouser- or dress-style versions. Environmentally-friendly recycled fibres have been used to make the costumes.

The Medal Trays have been produced using recyclable thermoplastic polymer and bear a traditional Japanese fan motif. Indigo blue, the base colour of the trays, is the deepest of the Tokyo 2020 core graphic colours, and intends to harmonise perfectly with the podiums and costumes.

Costumes and trays were designed by up-and-coming Japanese fashion director YAMAGUCHI Sota.

Tokyo 2020; Press release: First ‘Look of the Games’ Collaboration Announced (TOCOG)

First ‘Look of the Games’ Collaboration Announced
Images feature Japanese cultural and artistic works

Tokyo, 16 April 2021 -The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced new illustrations that will be integrated into the Look of the Games – the visual identity of the Tokyo 2020 Games. These new illustrations feature contemporary Japanese culture and artistic works that will be displayed before and during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The illustrations unveiled today are the first in this series of collaborations between Tokyo 2020 and local artists and will be displayed in Narita International Airport terminal 1 and 2 from 26 April until the middle of September, aiming to welcome athletes and Games stakeholders from around the world to Japan with displays of unique and inspiring Japanese artwork. Japanese painter YAMAGUCHI Akira, one of the artists selected to design the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games posters, collaborated on the first series of this project.

The fundamental look of each Olympic and Paralympic Games is designed in a way to give a sense of the host country’s identity; these feature in images and posters that are used to decorate the host city (see below for details). These designs feature the Tokyo 2020 care graphics, represented by traditional Japanese colours, as well as a ‘colour layering’ effect represented by the twelve-layered kimono. The fusion of contemporary Japanese artworks not only gives the viewer an insight into Japanese culture and art but also illustrates the unique personality of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The second collaborative work in this series will be released at a later date.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Press release: Tokyo 2020 Course Designs (by World Skate)

02 April 2021
Tokyo 2021 will mark the first ever appearance of skateboarding at the Olympic Games, a long-awaited debut in the history of the sport.

Skateboarding, skatepark design and what actually defines a good skatepark were brand new notions to the Olympic environment and community as a whole. There has never been a Field of Play quite like this. The layout of the street and park features is driven by the Olympic competition format and the goal of providing skateboard athletes from all over the world the terrain necessary to achieve their own personal best and to help advance skateboarding into the future.

As mentioned, skatepark design and the physical act of building a competition-fueled street and park course were both new concepts to the Olympic Games and took a collaborative effort to produce. With the right people in place, the plans proceeded and history will soon be made on both the park and street courses in Tokyo this summer.

“The design for the Skateboarding Street and Park Courses is intended to far exceed anything that has ever been built for professional skateboarding competition,” says Joe Ciaglia, CEO California Skateparks. “Each of the custom concrete courses was meticulously designed to give skateboard athletes the ability to maximize their own creativity, flow, speed, amplitude, technicality, and variety.”

With a collective mission for the first Olympics games of skateboarding to leave something behind, we are happy to announce that both the Park and Street courses are under consideration to be left open to the public after the Games close. With the intention of bringing more international events to Tokyo, this will solidify a future in skateboarding events, overall participation and progression in the surrounding areas for years to come.

“We are so excited for the Tokyo skateparks,” says Sabatino Aracu, World Skate President. “We wanted the athletes to have perfect and unprecedented competition courses for their Olympic debut, and I believe we hit the target thanks to the fruitful cooperation between all parties involved. As icing on the cake, if these two incredible skateparks become permanent, we also achieved another key target for Olympic Skateboarding: A valuable legacy left behind for the city of Tokyo as well as for the Japanese skateboarding community.”

Collectively, we have succeeded in working together with the IOC, the Tokyo2020 Organizing Committee, as well as the park designers and builders by bringing this idea to reality while catering to the athletes’ needs and desires. Everyone involved has been great in understanding and supporting the process and we are excited to leave behind a legacy as well as a one-of-a-kind skateboarding outlet for the locals to enjoy thereafter.

From the Japanese side we’ve been working hand in hand with the Tokyo2020 Sports department that has shared the same goals and skateboarding vision as us. They have been understanding and helpful throughout the entire process. Because of this, we’re not only leaving behind two great skateparks, but also the experience and knowledge to build more skateparks for local skaters and international guests alike.

As we inch closer to the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games, we salute those who have laid the foundation before us. We are excited to make history this summer while leaving behind a lasting skateboarding legacy in Tokyo.

 

 

Source: World Skate