Tokyo 2020; Updated Test Event Calendar (November 2020)

Schedule – As of 27 November 2020

NoSportsDisciplinesOlympics/ParalympicsEventsDatesVenuesOrganisers
40AquaticsArtistic SwimmingOlympicsFINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament
2021
4-7 Mar. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
41AquaticsWater PoloOlympicsOperational Test - Aquatics (Water Polo)10-11 Apr. 2021Tatsumi Water Polo CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
42AquaticsDivingOlympicsFINA Diving World Cup 202118-23 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreFédération Internationale de Natation
43RugbyOlympicsOperational Test - Rugby22 Apr. 2021Tokyo StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
44AquaticsSwimmingOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Aquatics (Swimming)24-25 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
45CyclingBMX FreestyleOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (BMX Freestyle)24-25 Apr. 2021
(The spare day on 26 Apr.)
Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
46CyclingTrackOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Cycling (Track)25 Apr. 2021Izu VelodromeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
47Para SwimmingParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para Swimming26 Apr. 2021Tokyo Aquatics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
48ShootingOlympics/ParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Shooting26-30 Apr. 2021Asaka Shooting RangeThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
49SkateboardingOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Skateboarding28-29 Apr. 2021
(The spare day on 30 Apr.)
Ariake Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
50VolleyballVolleyballOlympicsInternational Volleyball Games~Tokyo Challenge 2021~ (TBC)1-2 May. 2021Ariake ArenaJapan Volleyball Association
51GymnasticsArtisticOlympics2021 Artistic Gymnastics WORLD CUP TOKYO4 May. 2021Ariake Gymnastics CentreFédération Internationale de Gymnastique
52GymnasticsRhythmicOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Gymnastics (Rhythmic)8 May. 2021Ariake Gymnastics CentreThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
53AthleticsOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Athletics9 May. 2021Olympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
54Basketball3x3 BasketballOlympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Basketball (3x3 Basketball)14-16 May. 2021Aomi Urban Sports ParkThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
55Wheelchair RugbyParalympicsOperational Test - Wheelchair RugbyTBCYoyogi National StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
56Para AthleticsParalympicsREADY STEADY TOKYO - Para AthleticsTBCOlympic StadiumThe Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games
57AthleticsMarathonOlympicsTBCTBCSapporo Odori ParkTBC

 

Press release

Tokyo 2020 Announces Updated Test Event Calendar

Tokyo, 27 November 2020 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced its revised test event calendar, following changes made in the wake of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The new updated test event calendar covers test events for 18 disciplines, including testing of the Olympic marathon event after the venue was changed from Tokyo to Sapporo following the previous test event.

The test events will test three essential elements: the field of play (competition area) for each event, the use of technology, and workforce – with a particular focus on technical aspects including countermeasures against COVID-19.

In addition, Tokyo 2020 will re-examine and review the content of test events that were scheduled prior to the postponement of the Games in collaboration with IFs and in accordance with Olympic Agenda 2020, including the New Norm in order to further improve efficiency and reduce costs. In response to the COVID-19 situation, we will implement infection countermeasures and plan to conduct comprehensive tests of various aspects of venue management, including the handling of spectators at selected test events.

Some aspects of the test events are still under review; we will announce details of these as soon as they are decided.

IOC; Headlines IOC EB Meeting November 2020

IOC Executive Board Meeting
11 November
Remote meeting

IOC increases Olympic Solidarity fund by 16 per cent overall and by 25 per cent for direct athlete support programmes
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) today agreed to increase the budget of Olympic Solidarity for the period 2021 to 2024 by 16 per cent. The budget for 2021-2024 will now total USD 590 million. With this decision, the IOC will further strengthen its support to athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Continental Associations of NOCs.

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IOC Executive Board and Athletes’ Commission discuss COVID-19 countermeasures for Tokyo 2020 during annual joint meeting
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) today held a virtual joint meeting to discuss various topics, including the athlete experience and COVID-19 countermeasures at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Organisers make progress in developing Olympic Games fit for a post-corona world
Following a virtual meeting today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) acknowledged the continued progress being made towards all forthcoming Olympic Games, as local Organising Committees continue to develop Games fit for a post-corona world.

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Tokyo 2020; Press release: Ariake Gymnastics Centre wins Minister of the Environment Award

Ariake Gymnastics Centre wins Minister of the Environment Award

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce that the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, due to be used as a venue during the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, has been recognised with a Minister of the Environment Award as a structure that makes good use of wood as a renewable and aesthetically rich resource. The award, conducted annually since 1993 by the Japan Council for Advancement of Timber Utilisation with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Ministry of the Environment, recognises facilities that contribute to the use of Japanese wood. This year’s award is an important recognition of Tokyo 2020’s ongoing efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and save energy. The award ceremony was held today (30 October 2020).

This unique venue is intended to showcase traditional Japanese craftsmanship, with its structure embodying key aspects of Japan’s culture of timber-based construction. A prominent feature is the use of Japanese cedar to create the exterior shape of a wooden vessel with an external concourse similar to an engawa, a Japanese-style veranda. The installation of huge 90-metre wooden roof beams free of any steel framework has allowed the creation of a 30-metre-high open space without pillars in the centre of the venue, a feature which will benefit athletes and spectators alike.

Construction of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre involved the most expansive usage of timber of any of the Tokyo 2020 venues, featuring one of the largest timber roofs in the world and specially crafted wooden benches for spectators. Larch wood from Nagano and Hokkaido prefectures was used to create the timber roof. Cedar from Mie prefecture was used to craft the spectator benches, with cedar from Shizuoka, Miyazaki and Akita prefectures being deployed to create the large eaves.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre has become a symbolic Tokyo 2020 venue, sharing Japanese culture with the wider world. The Tokyo 2020 sustainability concept for the Games is “Be better, together – For the planet and the people,” and Tokyo 2020 strives to meet its responsibility to deliver a sustainable Games and showcase solutions to global sustainability challenges to people both in Japan and around the world.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre, located close to the Olympic Village, will host Olympic artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastic events, as well as Paralympic boccia.

 

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

Tokyo 2020; Video: Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre (AFP)

Tokyo opens 15,000-seat Olympic aquatics centre | AFP

AFP News Agency on YouTube
 
Tokyo opens a 15,000-seat swimming venue for next year’s Olympic Games, with a swimming star who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year demonstrating freestyle at the ceremony. The $542 million Aquatics Centre for swimming, diving and artistic swimming was completed in February, but its grand opening ceremony scheduled for March was postponed due to the coronavirus.
 

Tokyo 2020; Introduction to Tokyo (12)

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.

 

Trailer: Tokyo Ride (film by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine)

 

A day with Ryūe Nishizawa and his Giulia.
After the multi awarded « Moriyama San », « Tokyo Ride » is a new step of Bêka & Lemoine’s immersion within Tokyo’s busy daily life. Revisiting the genre of the road movie in a very diaristic and personal way, the film takes us on board of Ryue Nishizawa’s vintage Alfa Romeo (Giulia) for a day long wandering in the streets of Tokyo.
More than a portrait, in the classical sense, of one of the most talented and celebrated Japanese architect of today, the film renders in its pure spontaneity the experience of this friendly urban drift.
Ryue Nishizawa narrates along the way his strong relationship with his home town through some sites he personally affectionates, buildings that have influenced him, and some of his own architecture projects.
The film questions how rooted architecture practice is and how much the built and cultural environment feeds and shapes our imagination.

*** Artistic Vision Award, Dept of Field Best Prize – DOCAVIV Film Festival, 2020 ***

Black and white, 90 min.

IOC; Headlines IOC EB Meeting October 2020

IOC Executive Board Meeting
7 October
Remote meeting

IOC Executive Board addresses situation of International Weightlifting Federation
The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today received an update on the situation of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

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IOC Executive Board and Tokyo 2020 discuss USD 280 million in savings from measures developed to deliver Games fit for post-corona world
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today discussed the estimated USD 280 million (JPY 30 billion) in cost savings that will be achieved by initial simplification and optimisation measures developed to deliver Games fit for a post-corona world.

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IOC Session in Athens to take place from 10 to 12 March 2021
After the approval in July of the organisation of two IOC Sessions in 2021, the IOC Executive Board met virtually today and determined that the 137th IOC Session will be held from 10 to 12 March next year in Athens.

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IOC strengthens investigation into possible political interference in Belarus
During its virtual meeting today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) decided to strengthen its investigation into the compliance of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Republic of Belarus with the Olympic Charter.

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