Tokyo 2020; Nippon Festival concept video

 

Press release by Tokyo 2020;

Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival Activities to Kick Off with World Premiere of Joint Kabuki & Opera Performance
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today revealed an outline of its four planned contributions to the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival, a programme aimed at promoting Japanese culture within Japan and globally, and encouraging a greater awareness of diversity in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games. The programme is scheduled to run from April 2020 to August 2020, and will feature events supported by a number of companies and organisations, including Tokyo 2020. Forming part of the Tokyo 2020 Cultural Olympiad programme, the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival is expected to be a source of new cultural experiences and inspiration that will provide a legacy for the future.

The Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival aims to encourage people from various backgrounds to participate in common projects and communicate with each other in order to promote the concept of an inclusive society. It also aims to give people an opportunity to become involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements, creating a sense of anticipation in advance of the Games by means of its various cultural and artistic events.

Tokyo 2020 today also unveiled a concept movie and the Tokyo 2020’s NIPPON Festival catchphrase – “Blooming of Culture” – that will be used to embody the objectives and values of the festival.

Designed to reflect the experience of meeting new people and the importance of the four seasons in Japanese culture, the catchphrase and its Japanese equivalent are easy to remember and pronounce, and will help generate interest in the Festival across Japan and all over the world. The concept movie was produced by various distinguished contributors including Asao Tokolo, designer of the Tokyo 2020 emblems and Tokyo 2020’s NIPPON Festival logo.

 

You can read more here.

Poll of the Month; April 2019

Which city do you think should host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games? (April 2019)

You can find the poll here, or in the sidebar of the news page.

 

Results poll of the month March 2019;

Which proposed sport should be added to the Paris 2024 Olympic programme? (multiple answers possible)

  • Skateboarding (39%, 7 Votes)
  • Sport Climbing (39%, 7 Votes)
  • Surfing (17%, 3 Votes)
  • Breaking (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Tokyo 2020; Venue capacity: 2016 vs. 2020

Sport Capacity Rio 2016 Capacity Tokyo 2020
Aquatics (Artistic Swimming) 5300 15000
Aquatics (Diving) 5300 15000
Aquatics (Marathon Swimming) 5000 5500
Aquatics (Swimming) 18000 15000
Aquatics (Water Polo) 1 18000 4700
Aquatics (Water Polo) 2 5300
Archery 1800 5600
Athletics 60000 68000
Athletics (Marathon) 18000 TBA
Athletics (Race Walk) ? 700
Badminton 6500 7200
Basketball 1 16000 21000
Basketball 2 5000
BMX Cycling 7500 6600
Boxing 9000 TBA
Canoe (Slalom) 8000 7500
Canoe (Sprint) 30000 12800
Ceremonies 78600 68000
Cycling (Mountain Bike) 27500 11500
Cycling (Road – Time Trial) ? 22000
Cycling (Road) 5000 22000
Cycling (Track) 5800 3600
Equestrian 35200 9300 + 16000
Fencing 10000 8000
Football 1 78600 68000
Football 2 60000 48000
Football 3 69900 41000
Football 4 76000 49000
Football 5 44500 40000
Football 6 50000 64000
Football 7 48000 72000
Golf 25000 25000
Gymnastics 12000 12000
Handball 12000 10200
Hockey 1 10000 15000
Hockey 2 5000
Judo 10000 11000
Modern Pentathlon 15000 + 5000 + 2000 48000 + 7200
Rowing 30000 16000
Rugby 15000 48000
Sailing 10000 3600
Shooting 7250 6800
Table Tennis 6500 7000
Taekwondo 10000 10000
Tennis 19750 19900
Triathlon 5000 5500
Volleyball 11800 15000
Volleyball (Beach) 12000 12000
Weightlifting 6500 5000
Wrestling 10000 10000

Tokyo 2020; Venue capacities (March 2019)

Venue Capacity Candidature File Difference
Olympic Stadium 68000 80000 -12000
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium 7000 (6000 Paralympics) 8000 -1000
Yoyogi National Stadium 10200 12000 -1800
Nippon Budokan 11000 11000 0
Imperial Palace Garden 700
Tokyo International Forum 5000 5000 0
Kokugikan Arena TBA 10000
Equestrian Park 9300 14000 -4700
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza 7200 7000 200
Tokyo Stadium 48000 50000 -2000
Musashinonomori Park TBA 1000
Ariake Arena 15000 15000 0
Ariake Gymnastics Centre 12000 12000 0
Ariake Urban Sports Park 5000 / 6600 / 7000 5000 -1600 (BMX Racing)
Ariake Tennis Park 19900 (19400 Paralympics) 20500 -600
Odaiba Marine Park 5500 10000 -4500
Shiokaze Park 12000 12000 0
Aomi Urban Sports Park 7100 / 8400 (4300 Paralympics)
Oi Hockey Stadium 15000 15000 0
Sea Forest Cross-Country Course 16000 20000 -4000
Sea Forest Waterway 12800 / 16000 (12800 Paralympics) 24000 -11200 / -8000
Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre 7500 15000 -7500
Yumenoshima Park Archery Field 5600 7000 -1400
Tokyo Aquatics Centre 15000 20000 -5000
Tatsumi Water Polo Centre 4700 6500 -1800
Makuhari Messe Hall A 10000 9000 / 10000 -1000 / 0
Makuhari Messe Hall B 8000 (7000 Paralympics) 8000 0
Makuhari Messe Hall C 5500
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach 6000
Saitama Super Arena 21000 18000 3000
Asaka Shooting Range 3800 / 3000 4600 / 3000 -800 / 0
Kasumigaseki Country Club 25000 25000 0
Enoshima Yacht Harbour 3600 5000 -1400
Izu Velodrome 3600 5000 -1400
Izu MTB Course 11500 25000 -13500
Fuji International Speed Way 22000 1000 21000
Fukusihima Azuma Baseball Stadium 14300
Yokohama Baseball Stadium 35000
Sapporo Dome 41000 41000 0
Miyagi Stadium 49000 50000 -1000
Ibaraki Kashima Stadium 40000
Saitama Stadium 64000 64000 0
International Stadium Yokohama 72000 72000 0

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

 

Read more: Venue list Tokyo 2020

IOC; IOC EB Meeting March 2019

Lausanne | Switzerland, IOC Executive Board in Lausanne Palace, 2019

 

Summary IOC Executive Board Meeting, 26-28 March, Lausanne

 

Day 1

  • The IOC Executive Board has lifted the status of conditional inclusion of weightlifting on the programme of Paris 2024.
  •  The IOC EB recognised the resignation of IOC Member Tsunekazu Takeda from Japan.
  • An additional EB meeting on 22 May in Lausanne.

Read more: IOC press release

 

Day 2

  • The IOC EB accepts Paris 2024 proposal for four new sports (breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing). This proposal will now be put forward to the IOC session in June in Lausanne.
  • The IOC EB approved an increased revenue distribution from PyeongChang 2018 to NOCs and IFs.
  • Preparations for Tokyo 2020 are on time and on budget.
  • Sports programme for the Olympic Winter Games 2026; The IOC EB agreed on the proposal of the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission to have no changes to the programme for Beijing 2022 and to put forward the same seven sports to the upcoming IOC Session.

Read more: IOC press release 1 and IOC press release 2

 

Day 3

  • The IOC EB was in favour of hosting the IOC Session in 2021 in Athens, Greece, and has asked the administration to prepare a feasibility study for the next Executive Board meeting.
  • The IOC EB decided to continue with the Olympism in Action Forum. It tasked the IOC administration with looking into the option of holding the Forum, starting in 2023, at the same time in Lausanne every four years, if possible in combination with another IOC event.

Read more: IOC press release