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Press release by Tokyo 2020:
Tokyo, 6 September 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today launched “Make the Beat!”, a new project fusing sound, technology and social media to allow fans from all over the world – no matter where they are– to take part in energising venues and encouraging their favourite teams and athletes. “Make the Beat!” will introduce fans to the official Tokyo 2020 beat, a melodic rhythm that spectators can dance or clap along to, and encourage fans to create their own #2020beat content to be displayed in venues and at Live Sites.
The official Tokyo 2020 beat was created from a range of 1,000 different sound samples reflecting the themes of “sports”, “Japanese culture”, “daily lives” and “nature”; five different rhythms were compiled from these using Olympic World-Wide Partner Intel Corporation’s AI technology. Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot Miraitowa and Paralympic mascot Someity oversaw the sampling and creation of the shortlist. Tsukuba University researchers then contributed to the final selection of the Tokyo 2020 official beat.
At today’s event, the historic Meiji University cheering squad joined model Honoka Tsuchiya, violinist Mayu Kishima, and social media influencers XTRAP to launch the project with a cheer routine set to the beat. Starting September 6, a series of videos featuring athletes and artists from all different fields demonstrating the beat will be uploaded to the dedicated Tokyo 2020 beat website (see URL below).
In the runup to the Tokyo 2020 Games, fans are invited to film themselves as individuals or in groups performing to the rhythm and to post their content on social media using the special hashtag #2020beat. During the Tokyo 2020 Games, a selection of the submitted material will be displayed inside venues and at Live Sites as a compilation generated using Alibaba Cloud technology. In this way, fans who will not be able to attend events at the venues can still participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games and cheer on the athletes to the sound of the beat.
– 6 September 2019 “Make the Beat!” project launch
– Fall 2019 Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot and Paralympic mascot international tour details to be announced
– March 2020 Compilation of user-submitted content to start
– 23 July 2020 Compilation of user-submitted content to end
– 24 July – 6 September 2020 Compilation videos to be broadcast at Tokyo 2020 venues`
Further details will be updated on the dedicated website: https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/makethebeat/
Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The design is centred around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolise Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.
Braille letters spell out “Tokyo 2020” on the medals’ face. A series of circular indentations on the side of the medals – one for gold, two for silver, three for bronze – make the medal types easy to distinguish by touch, the first time in Paralympic history that this provision has been made for athletes with a vision impairment.
As part of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medals are being manufactured from recycled precious metals extracted from mobile phones and other small electronic devices donated by the public.
Weight (without ribbon or pin)
-Gold: about 526g
-Silver: about 520g
-Bronze: about 430g
-Thinnest point: 7.5 mm
-Thickest point: 10.7 mm
-Gold: over 6 grams of gold plating on pure silver
-Silver: pure silver
-Bronze: red brass (95% copper, 5% zinc)
-Designer, Hakuhodo Products, Inc.
Medal case design
Source: The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
|Venue||Zone||Sport / Discipline|
|Olympic Stadium||Heritage Zone||Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics|
|Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium||Heritage Zone||Table Tennis|
|Yoyogi National Stadium||Heritage Zone||Badminton, Wheelchair Rugby|
|Nippon Budokan||Heritage Zone||Judo|
|Tokyo International Forum||Heritage Zone||Powerlifting|
|Equestrian Park||Heritage Zone||Equestrian|
|Musashino Forest Sport Plaza||Heritage Zone||Wheelchair Basketball|
|Ariake Arena||Tokyo Bay Zone||Wheelchair Basketball|
|Ariake Gymnastics Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Boccia|
|Ariake Tennis Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Wheelchair Tennis|
|Odaiba Marine Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Triathlon|
|Aomi Urban Sports Park||Tokyo Bay Zone||Football 5-a-side|
|Sea Forest Waterway||Tokyo Bay Zone||Canoe, Rowing|
|Yumenoshima Park Archery Field||Tokyo Bay Zone||Archery|
|Tokyo Aquatics Centre||Tokyo Bay Zone||Swimming|
|Makuhari Messe Hall A||Tokyo Bay Zone||Sitting Volleyball|
|Makuhari Messe Hall B||Tokyo Bay Zone||Taekwondo, Wheelchair Fencing|
|Makuhari Messe Hall C||Tokyo Bay Zone||Goalball|
|Asaka Shooting Range||–||Shooting|
|Izu Velodrome||–||Cycling (track)|
|Fuji International Speed Way||–||Cycling (road)|
|Paralympic Village||Tokyo Bay Zone||–|
|IBC/MPC Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)||Tokyo Bay Zone||–|
The Brazilian is confident Tokyo 2020 will build on the achievements of previous Games and may even surpass the successes of London 2012, a Games widely regarded as the best yet.
Parsons said: “With one year to go, I could not be more optimistic about how successful the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be.
“I am certain the Games will be the best yet in terms of sporting performances and, with record global TV audiences and massive crowds set to watch the Games, Tokyo 2020 will have more impact on transforming society than any previous Paralympics.
“Preparations for the Games are going really well. All the venues are on schedule, the Paralympic village with its sensational city views is looking absolutely stunning, and I know that when Para athletes arrive next year they will feel at home in Tokyo.
“With such conditions, athletes will be happy and happy athletes perform to the best of their abilities. I am fully confident we will witness an outstanding showcase of sport next year, sport that will have a transformational impact on how people perceive persons with disabilities around the world.”
TV COVERAGE A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
Around 4,350 Para athletes from more than 160 countries are set to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with 540 gold medals up for grabs across 22 sports. The Games will benefit from far more broadcast coverage than ever before with 21 disciplines from 19 sports set to be shown live. At Rio 2016 just 12 sports were available to broadcasters and Parsons thinks the vastly improved TV coverage will have a significant impact, not just on global viewing figures, but on the lives of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities.
“With more live sport than ever before and more broadcasters around the world screening the Games, Tokyo 2020 will smash all viewing records and exceed the cumulative 4.1 billion people who enjoyed the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games,” said Parsons.
“The combination of outstanding sport, stunning venues, billions of global TV viewers and millions of spectators enjoying the sport in venues makes me hugely excited for Tokyo 2020. But what excites me the most is the impact the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will have on society. Through sport, the Games will act as a catalyst to empower persons with disabilities, influence political leaders to pursue the inclusion agenda and will advance societal change. I know these changes will happen because if you look around in Japan you can already see the changes taking place.”
According to Parsons, the Games have already triggered improvements to Tokyo’s transport infrastructure, led to new legislation regarding accessible hotel rooms and put mobility and social inclusion high on the agenda of politicians and commercial organisations in the country.
“The Paralympic Games advance human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals more than any other sport event, they truly are a celebration of human diversity and human potential. For too long persons with disabilities in Japan have not played an active role in society but Tokyo hosting the Paralympic Games is changing this,” explained Parsons.
“So much progress has been made in the last six years, progress that probably would not have taken place had Tokyo not won the right to stage the Paralympics. Paralympians are featuring in advertising campaigns, the employment rate of persons with disabilities is increasing and politicians are showing a real hunger to get involved and tackle the issues.
“What is important now is that with one year to go everyone works together to maximise the potential of these Games as they really could be the best ever and change Japan forever,” he added.
LIFE-CHANGING FAMILY EXPERIENCE
The IPC President is full of excitement for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and has praised the Organising Committee for appropriately pricing tickets to attract family audiences.
“I want everyone who comes to the Paralympics to have a life-changing experience. This is why I am so happy that ticket prices and the sport schedule for the Games have been designed with a family audience in mind,” Parsons said.
“The Paralympics is very special and almost unique in the fact that it is one of the few major global sport events that you can afford to attend together with your whole family.
“In Tokyo, like previous Games, I know the venues will be packed full of whole generations of the same family. The Paralympics are a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the world’s biggest sport events with the people you love the most. The sport will be spectacular and the atmosphere outstanding.
“With Paralympic interest and awareness levels much higher than they were with one year to go until London 2012, I am expecting there to be a very strong demand for tickets.”
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between 25 August and 6 September and tickets for the event are now on sale. In Japan, they can be purchased at https://ticket.tokyo2020.org/
International visitors can register for tickets through the official National Paralympic Committees and Authorised Ticket Resellers https://www.cosport.com/#paralympic