Tokyo 2020; New dates Olympic and Paralympic Games announced

Press release by the International Olympic Committee:

IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government announce new dates for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Government of Japan today agreed new dates for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, in 2021. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021. They also agreed on new dates for the Paralympic Games, which will be celebrated from 24 August until 5 September 2021.

The leaderships of the key parties came together via telephone conference earlier today, joined by IOC President Thomas Bach, Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshirō, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Hashimoto Seiko, and agreed on the new schedule.

 

Read the full press release here.

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (11)

In 2020 2021, Tokyo will host the XXXII Olympic Summer Games. The city also hosted the 1964 Olympics. Over the next years we’ll explore this fascinating and hectic metropolis in a serie of blog posts. Topics include: urban sprawl, architecture and infrastucture.

 

Documentary: Moriyama-San

 

One week in the extraordinary-ordinary life of Mr. Moriyama, a Japanese art, architecture and music enlighted amateur who lives in one of the most famous contemporary Japanese architecture, the Moriyama house, built in Tokyo in 2005 by Pritzker-prize winner Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA).

Introduced in the intimacy of this experimental microcosm which redefines completely the common sense of domestic life, Ila Bêka recounts in a very spontaneous and personal way the unique personality of the owner: a urban hermit living in a small archipelago of peace and contemplation in the heart of Tokyo. From noise music to experimental movies, the film let us enter into the ramification of the Mr. Moriyama’s free spirit.

Moriyama-San, (63 min), the first film about noise music, acrobatic reading, silent movies, fireworks and Japanese architecture!

Language: English

 

Available to buy of rent on Vimeo.

Tokyo 2020; Press release: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay postponed

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay postponed

On 24 March, the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced the postponement of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In the light of this postponement, Tokyo 2020 has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay scheduled to start on 26 March. We will announce revised dates for the Torch Relay after the new schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games has been fixed, and renew our preparations for a vigorous Grand Start event that will bring people together again.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our partner organisations, each prefectural taskforce and the many other stakeholders who have made such great efforts to prepare for the Relay, and we ask for your continued cooperation. We will consider measures that allow torchbearers who were selected to run in the now postponed event to be given priority in the selection process for the new Torch Relay.

 

Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020; Olympic and Paralympic Games rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021

Press release by the International Olympic Committee (source):

Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

They were joined by Mori Yoshiro, the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee; the Olympic Minister, Hashimoto Seiko; the Governor of Tokyo, Koike Yuriko; the Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, John Coates; IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper; and the IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Christophe Dubi.

President Bach and Prime Minister Abe expressed their shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and what it is doing to people’s lives and the significant impact it is having on global athletes’ preparations for the Games.

In a very friendly and constructive meeting, the two leaders praised the work of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and noted the great progress being made in Japan to fight against COVID-19.

The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating. Yesterday, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that the COVID-19 pandemic is “accelerating”. There are more than 375,000 cases now recorded worldwide and in nearly every country, and their number is growing by the hour.

In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.

The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

 

Press release by the International Paralympic Committee (source):

IPC reaction: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games postponed

Following the decision to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons gave the following reaction:

“Postponing the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak is absolutely the right thing to do. The health and well-being of human life must always be our number one priority and staging a sport event of any kind during this pandemic is simply not possible.

“Sport is not the most important thing right now, preserving human life is. It is essential therefore that all steps are taken to try and limit the spread of this disease.

“The COVID-19 outbreak is now impacting nearly every country in the world and the number of known cases has increased almost five times over in the last 10 days to 375,000.

“At a time when many major communities around the world are in lockdown, with workplaces and shops closed and people urged not to leave their own homes, continuing to pursue the dream of the Tokyo 2020 Games happening this year does not make sense; postponement is the only logical option.

“By taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.

“When the Paralympic Games do happen in Tokyo next year, they will be a spectacular global celebration of humanity coming together again as one.

“In the meantime, we will liaise and work closely with our athlete community, National Paralympic Committees and International Federation impacted by this postponement.”

Tokyo 2020; Press release IOC EB & Letter from President Thomas Bach to athletes

Health and safety paramount as IOC Executive Board agrees to step up scenario-planning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

To safeguard the health of all involved and to contribute to the containment of COVID-19, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that the IOC will step up its scenario-planning for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Letter from President Thomas Bach OLY to athletes

Dear Fellow Athletes,

In this unprecedented crisis we are all united.

Like you, we are very much concerned about what the COVID-19 pandemic is doing to people’s lives. Human lives take precedence over everything, including the staging of the Games. The IOC wants to be part of the solution. Therefore we have made it our leading principle to safeguard the health of everyone involved, and to contribute to containing the virus. I would like to assure you that we will adhere to this in all our decisions concerning the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Route Map & Schedule

Route Map

©The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

Schedule

Prefecture Date
1 Fukushima 26-28 Mar. 2020
2 Tochigi 29-30 Mar. 2020
3 Gunma 31 Mar.-1 Apr. 2020
4 Nagano 2-3 Apr. 2020
5 Gifu 4-5 Apr. 2020
6 Aichi 6-7 Apr. 2020
7 Mie 8-9 Apr. 2020
8 Wakayama 10-11 Apr. 2020
9 Nara 12-13 Apr. 2020
10 Osaka 14-15 Apr. 2020
11 Tokushima 16-17 Apr. 2020
12 Kagawa 18-19 Apr. 2020
13 Kochi 20-21 Apr. 2020
14 Ehime 22-23 Apr. 2020
15 Oita 24-25 Apr. 2020
16 Miyazaki 26-27 Apr. 2020
17 Kagoshima 28-29 Apr. 2020
18 Okinawa 2-3 May 2020
19 Kumamoto 6-7 May 2020
20 Nagasaki 8-9 May 2020
21 Saga 10-11 May 2020
22 Fukuoka 12-13 May 2020
23 Yamaguchi 14-15 May 2020
24 Shimane 16-17 May 2020
25 Hiroshima 18-19 May 2020
26 Okayama 20-21 May 2020
27 Tottori 22-23 May 2020
28 Hyogo 24-25 May 2020
29 Kyoto 26-27 May 2020
30 Shiga 28-29 May 2020
31 Fukui 30-31 May 2020
32 Ishikawa 1-2 Jun. 2020
33 Toyama 3-4 Jun. 2020
34 Niigata 5-6 Jun. 2020
35 Yamagata 7-8 Jun. 2020
36 Akita 9-10 Jun. 2020
37 Aomori 11-12 Jun. 2020
38 Hokkaido 14-15 Jun. 2020
39 Iwate 17-19 Jun. 2020
40 Miyagi 20-22 Jun. 2020
41 Shizuoka 24-26 Jun. 2020
42 Yamanashi 27-28 Jun. 2020
43 Kanagawa 29 Jun.-1 Jul. 2020
44 Chiba 2-4 Jul. 2020
45 Ibaraki 5-6 Jul. 2020
46 Saitama 7-9 Jul. 2020
47 Tokyo 10-24 Jul. 2020

 

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Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Handover Ceremony

Programme

The Handover Ceremony of the Olympic Flame to the Organizing Committee “Tokyo 2020”, staged by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 11:30 am at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.

There will be a Relay in the Stadium with two Greek torchbearers, the Olympic medalists Lefteris Petrounias and Katerina Stefanidi. The cauldron inside the stadium will then be lit.
The President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and IOC Member Mr Spyros Capralos will deliver a short speech followed by a video message from the President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee Mr. Yoshiro Mori.

President Capralos will then receive the Olympic Flame from the High Priestess Xanthi Georgiou before handing it over to the representative of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Ms Naoko Imoto, an Olympian in swimming at the Olympic Games Atlanta 1996, who is currently working for UNICEF in Greece as Chief of Education.
The Flame will thus begin its journey to the host city of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The Handover Ceremony will be closed to the public and accredited guests. It will only be attended by representatives of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and selected representatives of the press.

The ceremony will be broadcast live by the Olympic Channel and ERT (National Greek Television).

 

Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee

 

Note: All times are local time

 

Livestream

A live stream will be available on the website of the Olympic Channel.

Tokyo 2020; Communique from the International Olympic Committee

This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis. We are in solidarity with the whole of society to do everything to contain the virus.

The situation around the COVID-19 virus is also impacting the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and is changing day by day.

The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage; and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.

The IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can. We will keep supporting the athletes by consulting with them and their respective NOCs, and by providing them with the latest information and developments, which are accessible for athletes worldwide on the Athlete365 website and via their respective NOCs and IFs.

The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the COVID-19 virus. In this context, the IOC welcomes the support of the G7 leaders as expressed by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who said: “I want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics perfectly, as proof that the human race will conquer the new coronavirus, and I gained support for that from the G-7 leaders.”

We will continue to act in a responsible way and have agreed the following overriding principles about the staging of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

1. To protect the health of everyone involved and to support the containment of the virus.
2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.

The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. Already in mid-February, a task force was set up consisting of the IOC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

The purpose of the task force is to ensure coordinated actions by all stakeholders. It has the mission to keep a constant appraisal of the situation to form the basis for the ongoing operational planning and necessary adaptations. The task force also monitors the implementation of the various actions decided. The IOC will continue to follow the guidance of this task force. The IOC’s decision will not be determined by financial interests, because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will in any case be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games.

A number of measures have been taken.

The format of all the test events in March and April has been altered to allow for the testing of essential Games elements; the lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece and subsequent elements of the Torch Relay in Japan are being adapted; the entire Games preparation supply chain has been analysed; and alternative plans are in place in the event of anticipated disruption.

At the same time, the topics and issues which were identified by the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games as priorities continue to retain the full attention of Tokyo 2020, the IOC and the Olympic stakeholders. In this respect, work is ongoing for the preparation of athletics road events in Sapporo; heat countermeasures continue to be detailed and refined on a sport-by-sport basis; and transport and crowd movement planning remain a key focus of attention.

Concerning the next meetings, especially the upcoming Coordination Commission visit and various project reviews, adjustments have been made to the agenda and participation. While the activities remain planned on the same dates, the participation in Tokyo will be reduced while ensuring the Coordination Commission members can attend the most important part of the meeting by teleconference. The same will be done for any subsequent visits until further notice.

The day-to-day work between all organisations continues, although on a remote basis.

Currently, all Olympic Movement stakeholders and the athletes face significant challenges around securing the final qualification places for the Games. In some countries, athletes are even finding it hard to continue their regular training schedules. The IOC is reassured by the solidarity and flexibility shown by the athletes, the IFs and the NOCs, that are managing these challenges across a number of sports.

To date, 57 per cent of the athletes are already qualified for the Games. For the remaining 43 per cent of places, the IOC will work with the IFs to make any necessary and practical adaptations to their respective qualification systems for Tokyo 2020, in line with the following principles:

1. All quota places that have already been allocated to date remain allocated to the NOCs and athletes that obtained them.
2. The possibility remains to use existing and scheduled qualification events, wherever these still have fair access for all athletes and teams.
3. All necessary adaptations to qualification systems and all allocation of remaining places will be:
a) based on on-field results (e.g. IF ranking or historical results); and
b) reflect where possible the existing principles of the respective qualification systems (e.g. use of rankings or continental/regional specific event results).

Any increase in athlete quotas will be considered on a case-by-case basis under exceptional circumstances, with the support of the Organising Committee Tokyo 2020.

The IFs will make proposals for any adaptations to their respective qualification systems based on the principles outlined above. The adaptations need to be implemented sport by sport because of the differences between qualification systems. The IOC has already put in place an accelerated procedure to solve this situation. Any necessary revisions to the Tokyo 2020 qualification systems by sport will be published by the beginning of April 2020 and communicated to all stakeholders.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The health and well-being of all those involved in the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is our number-one concern. All measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and interests of athletes, coaches and support teams. We are an Olympic community; we support one another in good times and in difficult times. This Olympic solidarity defines us as a community.”

The President of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), Francesco Ricci Bitti, added: “I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and all the athletes and the International Federations for their great flexibility. We share the same approach and the same principles as the IOC, and we are as committed as the IOC to successful Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. We will keep in touch and have further consultations with all stakeholders concerned.”

After its consultations with the IFs, the IOC will follow up with the NOCs and the athletes’ representatives in the coming days.

* This communique was unanimously approved by the IOC EB and supported by all Olympic Summer Sports Federations.

 

Source
Website IOC: Communique from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay cancelled

Press release Hellenic Olympic Committee

The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) regrets very much that it has to announce the cancellation of the up-coming legs of the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. This is even more regrettable after the huge success of the relay during its first two days with big crowds gathering along the route and at the ceremonies. Unfortunately, the latest developments concerning the spread of the COVID-19 virus has led the HOC, in association with the Greek Ministry of Health, to the conclusion that this was the best possible decision in order to contribute to the containment of the virus. The Olympic Flame will be handed over as planned to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee on Thursday, March 19th at the Panathenaic Stadium, although there will be no public in attendance.

Today’s decision was supported by the International Olympic Committee.

 

IOC Statement

We fully understand the decision taken by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) in association with the Greek Ministry of Health to cancel the Greek leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. The handover of the Olympic Flame will happen as scheduled on 19 March 2020. The International Olympic Committee confirms its full commitment to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

 

Tokyo 2020; Torch Relay: Programme Lighting Ceremony

Programme

11:15 Closing time for admission of VIPs
Entry of the Presidential Guard
11:25 Arrival of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos
11:30 Opening of the Ceremony
Olympic Rings formed by pupils of Ancient Olympia

Οlympic Anthem – Hoisting of the Olympic Flag

National Anthem of Japan – Hoisting of the Japanese Flag

National Anthem of Greece – Hoisting of the Greek Flag

The anthems are performed by the Children’s and Youth Choir of Lavreotiki Municipality

Address by the Mayor of Ancient Olympia, Mr. Georgios Georgiopoulos

Address by the special representative of the President of the “TOKYO 2020” Organising Committee, Mr. Toshiaki Endo

Address by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach

Address by the President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Member of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Spyros Capralos

Entry of the designated officials in the Temple of Hera

Ritual of the Lighting Ceremony at the Temple of Hera

Entry of the High Priestess and the Priestesses into the Ancient Stadium with the Olympic Flame

Dance performance by the Priestesses

Handing over of the Olympic Flame by the High Priestess to the first Torchbearer

Departure of the first Torchbearer for the Pierre de Coubertin Monument

Opening of the Olympic Torch Relay

End of the Ceremony

Source: Hellenic Olympic Committee

Note: All times are local time

 

Livestream

A live stream will be available on the website of the International Olympic Committee.

 

Details of the Greek leg of the Torch Relay

  • Lighting Ceremony: 12 March 2020 near the Temple of Hera at the sacred site of Ancient Olympia
  • Duration: 8 days in Greece
  • Length: 3,200 kilometers
  • Cities: 31
  • Archaeological sites: 15
  • Ceremonies: 28
  • Number of torchbearers: 600
  • Handover Ceremony: 19 March 2020 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens