Tokyo 2020; Press release: Animated film inspired by Olympic values set for worldwide release

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July 23, 2021
Animated film inspired by Olympic values set for worldwide release

The short animated film “Tomorrow’s Leaves”, which opened the Annecy International Animated Film Festival last month, is all set for a worldwide release on 23 July, the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Commissioned by the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage (OFCH), and produced by the Academy Award-nominated Yoshiaki Nishimura of Studio Ponoc, the film provides a fresh perspective on the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.
The hand-drawn film by Japanese animation company Studio Ponoc will have a special limited theatrical release in Tokyo, Japan, and worldwide distribution from 23 July 2021 onwards.

Following its world premiere at the opening ceremony of the Annecy Festival 2021 in France, the world’s largest animated film festival, “Tomorrow’s Leaves” will now be available for viewing around the world.

“We wanted to celebrate the Olympic spirit with an entirely new audience, especially young people, through a different kind of artistic project,” said Angelita Teo, Director of the OFCH.

“To lead up to the cultural programme at Tokyo 2020, we decided to explore animation to express the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. This film is a work of art to inspire future generations, with a message about the importance of collaboration and care for the environment.”

The film carries a meaningful message about solidarity, collaboration and the environment. It features five children from diverse lands, who are dispatched as envoys to find out why the annual arrival of leaves carries a message of concern. The envoys travel to a distant land, quietly guided by tiny spirits. Each envoy has its own strengths and vulnerabilities. They compete and support each other as they draw closer to their destination, facing treacherous terrain and difficult conditions. Through athletic challenges and the uniting power of sport, they discover the positive fundamental values that come with playful competition. Together, the envoys approach the source of the message and try to restore life to a future in peril.

This commission is in keeping with the OFCH’s mission to offer opportunities to artists to create new works that explore the relationship between art, sport and the Olympic values, through its International Arts and Culture Programmes. “Tomorrow’s Leaves” shares messages of hope, peace and solidarity, and leaves a powerful artistic legacy for animation fans across the globe.

“Studio Ponoc has made this short film keeping in mind children’s future or ‘tomorrow’. It may be difficult to screen the film in many countries currently, but thanks to the internet, I am grateful that we can deliver the film to children not only in Japan but around the world,” said producer Yoshiaki Nishimura.

Among the limited theatrical releases worldwide will be special screenings at the Tokyo Skytree, a stunning aerial location in the Tobu Tower, one of the most famous tourist spots in Tokyo, as well as free screenings at the United Cinema in Toyosu near Tokyo, between 23 and 29 July.

Other film festivals that have expressed interest in screening the film include the BFI London Film Festival, the Cinekid Festival 2021 in Amsterdam and the Newport Beach Film Festival in California.



Director: Yoshiyuki Momose

Music: Takatsugu Muramatsu

Producer: Yoshiaki Nishimura

Tokyo 2020; Publication Tokyo Metropolitan Government: Building the legacy – Beyond 2020 – (July 2021)


Building the Legacy – Beyond 2020-

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government promote initiatives that focus on the Tokyo 2020 Games legacy to use the Tokyo 2020 Games as a catalyst to further cultivate Tokyo as a mature city.

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a yearlong postponementof the Games, but the city has worked hard to make the most of this invaluable“Plus One” opportunity to host an event that is safe and secure.

In order to tell in an easy-to-understand manner the legacy created by multifaceted efforts in both tangible and intangible in preparation for the Games,we have released a booklet called “Building the Legacy – Beyond 2020-”


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IOC; 138th Session – Summary (update)

Tuesday 20 July

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Wednesday 21 July

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IOC; Annual Report 2020

You can download the IOC Annual Report 2020 on the website of the International Olympic Committee.


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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today published its 2020 Annual Report and financial statements, following their approval by the Members at the 138th IOC Session in Tokyo, Japan.

The IOC Annual Report 2020: Credibility, Sustainability, Youth is the seventh edition of the series. It is a direct result of Recommendation 29 of Olympic Agenda 2020: Increase Transparency. This edition of the Report focuses on the IOC in 2020, including its efforts to reorganise the postponed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the wide-ranging support given to athletes to assist them amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IOC; 138th Session – Schedule of Events

138th IOC Session
20 and 21 July 2021
Okura Hotel, Tokyo, Japan


Tuesday 20 July

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Opening Ceremony of the 138th IOC Session
    • Excused members
    • Report by the IOC President
    • Olympic Agenda 2020+5
    • The IOC Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020
    • Anti-Doping
    • Governance
    • Ethics
    • Audit Committee
    • Finance
    • Olympic Programme
    • Amendments to the Olympic Charter


  • Reports on the activities of the IOC administration
    • Director General report
    • IFs full recognition


  • Reports on the activities of the Coordination Commissions and the OCOGs:
    • Tokyo 2020
      • Report by the Organising Committee, by Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mr Coates and by the Chair of the Athletes’ Commission, Ms Coventry


Wednesday 21 July

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Reports on the activities of the Coordination Commissions and the OCOGs:
    • Beijing 2022
      • Report by the Organising Committee and by Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mr Samaranch
    • Paris 2024
      • Report by the Organising Committee and by the Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mr Beckers
    • Milano-Cortina 2026
      • Report by the Organising Committee and by the Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mrs Essayah
    • Los Angeles 2028
      • Report by the Organising Committee and by the Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mrs Hoevertsz
    • YOG Gangwon 2024
      • Written report by the Organising Committee and by the Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mrs Zhang
    • IOC Members Election Commission
      • Re-election of IOC Members
      • Change of status
      • Election of one Vice-President and members of the IOC Executive Board
      • Honorary members
      • Olympic Orders
    • YOG Dakar 2026
      • Written report by the Organising Committee and by the Chair of the Coordination Commission, Mrs Coventry
    • Election of Host of the Games of the XXXV Olympiad
      • Presentation
      • Q&A
      • Vote
      • Announcement
    • Proposal from members


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IOC; Headlines IOC EB Meeting July 2021

IOC Executive Board Meeting
17 July


Vibes of the world to be brought to the venues of Tokyo 2020
In his press briefing after the latest meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB), IOC President Thomas Bach highlighted the successful implementation of the COVID-19 countermeasures outlined in the key stakeholder Playbooks.

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IOC EB approves athlete changes of nationality for Beijing 2022
During its meeting today in Tokyo, the IOC Executive Board approved the following nationality changes for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

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Protecting sport’s integrity at Tokyo 2020
Protecting the integrity of sport at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, taking place from 23 July to 8 August 2021, is a top priority for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC Executive Board (EB) was updated today on the measures put in place for Games time – aimed at both preventing and dealing swiftly with competition manipulation.

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