Tokyo 2020; IOC EB Approves venues for Road Cycling and Racewalking

Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board approved the venues for Road Cycling and Race Walk. (press release)


Start Cycling Road Race: Musashinonomori Park


Finish Cycling Road Race: Fuji International Speedway
Start + Finish Road Cycling Individual Time Trial: Fuji International Speedway


Start + Finish 20km and 50km Race Walk: Imperial Palace Gardens

Tokyo 2020; Medal events and athlete quotas Paralympic Games (2)

Press release by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC):

Following deferment in September, the Board approved the final athletics and swimming medal event programmes for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Having stated that triathlon would have between six and 10 medal events in Tokyo, the Board decided the sport will have eight medal events. There will be four events for men and four for women with each event featuring 10 athletes. The IPC has requested that the International Triathlon Union (ITU) selects the eight events.

A full list of the events can be found at

The Tokyo 2020 Para athletics programme catering for 1,100 athletes will feature 168 medal events – nine less than Rio 2016 – and will be made up of 93 events for men and 74 for women. For the first time at a Paralympics, athletics will include a mixed gender, mixed class 4x100m relay. Made up of two men and two women, the relay team must include one athlete from the T11-13 vision impairment classes, one from either the T33-34 or T51-54 wheelchair racing classes, one from the T35-38 co-ordination impairment classes, and an athlete with a limb impairment from the T42-47 or T61-64 classes.

The athletics programme offers seven per cent more athlete slots for female athletes compared to Rio 2016.

In swimming there will be 146 medal events at Tokyo 2020 – six less than Rio 2016. These will be comprised of 76 for men, 67 for women and three mixed gender relays. Two of the mixed gender relays are new additions to the programme and are a 4x100m freestyle relays for athletes with a vision impairment and a 4x100m freestyle relay for athletes with an intellectual impairment. There will be a maximum of 620 athlete slots available for the sport and the programme includes two additional medal events for athletes with high support needs compared to Rio 2016.

Other highlights on the programme include the addition of two individual events in the S14 class for athletes with an intellectual impairment, with both the men’s and women’s 100m butterfly S14 included for the first time. The swimming event programme will have a balance stroke programme with no more than six events per class.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “Following the decisions on athletics, swimming and triathlon, the medals event programme for Tokyo 2020 is almost finalised, with just the eight triathlon medal events to be decided.

“For both athletics and swimming, we have created programmes that ensure a good cross section of events for athletes in all classes. By reducing the number of events in both sports from Rio 2016, we also aim to increase the depth of talent in each field and ensure greater long-term event viability. The addition of mixed gender relays will also enable more countries to participate.”

Tokyo 2020; Emblem designer Asao Tokolo talks about the design process (Video by Tokyo 2020)

ONE TEAM PROJECT Asao Tokolo and Fuyuko Matsui 「Tokyo 2020 Emblems connect Tradition and Innovation」

*Please access English subtitles through the Closed Captioning (CC) button on the bottom right of the screen

The use of ‘Japan Blue’ pigment (Lapis Lazuli) is deeply intertwined with a number of traditional Japanese art forms, and you’ll find it appearing in various Tokyo 2020 designs and graphics. In this instalment of the One Team Project – an initiative where creators and innovators representing Japan share their visions of Tokyo 2020 with us – Tokyo 2020 emblem designer Asao Tokolo and world-renowned artist Fuyuko Matsui discuss the subtle beauty of Japan Blue, what it symbolises, and how they have integrated it into their creative work.

Tokyo 2020; Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition launched

Press release by Tokyo 2020:

Tokyo 2020 Olympic & Paralympic Medal Design Competition
20 December 2017

Tokyo 2020 launched today a competition whereby Japanese nationals and residents of Japan over 18 years old can submit design proposals for the medals that will be awarded at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The competition is aimed at those with design experience—young and old, design students and professionals. As a first step, applicants will be requested to submit their personal profiles and examples of previous design work for evaluation by 19 January 2018.

Applicants must:
– have previously created 3D art work in their academic or professional careers
– be 18 years or above on 1 April 2017
– be residing in Japan during the selection period (between January and August 2018)
– be able to communicate in Japanese – it will be necessary to liaise with the production company at various stages during the mock-up production process

Competition guidelines are available for download from the Tokyo 2020 website (available in Japanese only).

Those judged to meet the necessary criteria will be invited to submit designs for the Olympic medal (rear side) and for the Paralympic medal design (front and rear sides). Designers must submit their proposals for all three designs as a set.

A Tokyo 2020 medal design selection panel (TBC) comprising members of the Tokyo 2020 Brand Advisory Board, former athletes and professional designers will review all entries and select a shortlist of designs by April 2018. The designers of these and a manufacturing institution will create three-dimensional mock-ups of the shortlisted designs, with the winning design set being selected in August 2018. The new medals will be unveiled in 2019.

The Olympic and Paralympic medals are something very special for all athletes. London 2012 Olympics boxing gold medallist and current WBA middleweight champion Ryota Murata commented, “The medals need to last for ever. A simple design that you never tire of is better. The Tokyo 1964 and Nagano 1998 medals were impressive in that they had a Japanese feel to them.”

Earlier this year Tokyo 2020 commenced the nationwide collection of discarded and obsolete electronic devices, in order to use the metal they contain in the production of medals – the first time such an innovative and environmentally-friendly approach has been adopted by an Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee.

Collection update (April – October 2017)
– approximately 1,874 tons of discarded devices collected by municipal authorities across Japan
– approximately 1.78 million used mobile phones handed in at NTT DOCOMO stores across Japan

Tokyo 2020; Kengo Kuma, “From Concrete to Wood: Why Wood Matters”

Video by Harvard GSD on YouTube:

The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered coastal cities in Japan in 2011. Kengo Kuma, taking as a point of departure his experiences in the aftermath of that natural disaster, will examine humans’ relationship with nature, questioning the perceived strength of steel and concrete and proposing the reintroduction of wood in design as a fair and practical mediator between humans and nature.

Born in Tokyo, Kuma completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979 and spent time as a visiting scholar at Columbia University before establishing Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. Among his many works, recent projects include the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum (2010), which won the 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize; the Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center (2012), Nagaoka City Hall Aore (2012), and Ginza Kabukiza (2013). Two of his buildings outside Japan are the Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence Conservatory of Music (both 2013). The firm currently has some one hundred projects ongoing in Europe, the U.S., Japan, China, and elsewhere in Asia. One of the most high-profile of these is the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Since 2009, Kuma has been a professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. He has also written more than a dozen books—including Anti-Object (2013)—which have been published not only in Japanese but frequently in English, Chinese, and Korean, earning him a readership in many parts of the world. Kuma is an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and, as of 2009, an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

Tokyo 2020; Updated list of Olympic and Paralympic Venues (December 2017)


VenueZoneOlympic GamesParalympic GamesCapacity
Olympic StadiumHeritage ZoneOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, FootballOpening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics68000
Tokyo Metropolitan GymnasiumHeritage ZoneTable TennisTable Tennis7000 (6000 Paralympics)
Yoyogi National StadiumHeritage ZoneHandballBadminton, Wheelchair Rugby10200
Nippon BudokanHeritage ZoneJudo, KarateJudo11000
Tokyo International ForumHeritage ZoneWeightliftingPowerlifting5000
Kokugikan ArenaHeritage ZoneBoxing-TBA
Equestrian ParkHeritage ZoneEquestrian (dressage, jumping, eventing)Equestrian9300
Musashino Forest Sport PlazaHeritage ZoneBadminton, Modern Pentathlon (fencing)Wheelchair Basketball7200
Tokyo StadiumHeritage ZoneFootball, Modern Pentathlon (swimming, fencing, riding, laser-run), Rugby-48000
Musashinonomori ParkHeritage ZoneCycling (road - start)-TBA
Ariake ArenaTokyo Bay ZoneVolleyball (indoor)Wheelchair Basketball15000
Ariake Gymnastics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneGymnasticsBoccia12000
Ariake Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneCycling (BMX freestyle, BMX racing), Skateboarding-5000 / 6600 / 7000
Ariake Tennis ParkTokyo Bay ZoneTennisWheelchair Tennis19900 (19400 Paralympics)
Odaiba Marine ParkTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (marathon swimming), TriathlonTriathlon5500
Shiokaze ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBeach volleyball-12000
Aomi Urban Sports ParkTokyo Bay ZoneBasketball (3x3), Sport ClimbingFootball 5-a-side7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)
Oi Hockey StadiumTokyo Bay ZoneHockey-15000
Sea Forest Cross-Country CourseTokyo Bay ZoneEquestrian (eventing, cross-country)-16000
Sea Forest WaterwayTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (sprint), RowingCanoe, Rowing12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics)
Kasai Canoe Slalom CentreTokyo Bay ZoneCanoe-Kayak (slalom)-7500
Yumenoshima Park Archery FieldTokyo Bay ZoneArcheryArchery5600
Tokyo Aquatics CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (swimming, diving, artistic swimming)Swimming15000
Tatsumi Water Polo CentreTokyo Bay ZoneAquatics (water polo)-4700
Makuhari Messe Hall ATokyo Bay ZoneTaekwondo, WrestlingSitting Volleyball10000
Makuhari Messe Hall BTokyo Bay ZoneFencingTaekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing8000 (7000 Paralympics)
Makuhari Messe Hall CTokyo Bay Zone-Goalball5500
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach-Surfing-6000
Saitama Super Arena-Basketball-21000
Asaka Shooting Range-ShootingShooting3800 / 3000
Kasumigaseki Country Club-Golf-25000
Enoshima Yacht Harbour-Sailing-3600
Izu Velodrome-Cycling (track)Cycling (track)3600
Izu MTB Course-Cycling (mountain bike)-11500
Fuji International Speed Way-Cycling (road - finish, individual time trial)Cycling (road)22000
Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-14300
Yokohama Baseball Stadium-Baseball/Softball-35000
Sapporo Dome-Football-41000
Sapporo Odori Park-Athletics (marathon, race walk)-TBD
Miyagi Stadium-Football-49000
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium-Football-40000
Saitama Stadium-Football-64000
International Stadium Yokohama-Football-72000
Olympic / Paralympic VillageTokyo Bay Zone---
IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)Tokyo Bay Zone---