Tokyo 2020; Schedule Olympic Torch Relay

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

– 12 March: Lighting Ceremony in Olympia, Greece
– 12-19 March: Greek leg of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay
– 19 March: Handover Ceremony in Athens, Greece
– 20 March: Flame arrives at Matsushima Airfield, Miyazaki, Japan
– 20-21 March: Flame on display in Miyagi Prefecture
– 22-23 March: Flame on display in Iwate Prefecture
– 24-25 March: Flame on display in Fukushima Prefecture
– 26 March: Japanese leg of the Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay starts from Fukushima, taking in all 47 prefectures of Japan

 

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Tokyo 2020; Triathlon, Mixed Relay and Paratriathlon Courses

Press release by the International Triathlon Union;

 

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today announced the courses for the Tokyo 2020 individual triathlon, mixed relay and Paratriathlon events.

The races will start and finish in Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay, an urban resort with white sandy beaches overlooked by Tokyo’s high-rise waterfront buildings which has been used as the venue for Japan’s National Triathlon Championships for more than 20 years. Triathlon swimming legs will take place in Odaiba Bay. The bike riding and running courses will wind their way in and around the park, and will incorporate a number of technical features. The course for individual events will also pass through the West Promenade district of Odaiba, featuring waterfalls and greenery. With shopping complexes and other attractions in the area, the races will be sure to draw thousands of spectators along every stretch of the course catching Olympic and Paralympic action and cheering on the athletes in the heart of the city.

Triathletes will complete the 1.5km swim leg in two laps of Odaiba Marine Park, with the 40km bike section split into eight laps and the 10km run comprising four laps of 2.5km. The mixed relay—added to the Olympic programme for the first time—involves teams of two men and two women completing a short-course triathlon; each team member completes a 300m swim, a 7.4km bike ride and a 2km run before handing off to a teammate to take over. The Paratriathlon will consist of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride and a 5km run.

The men’s Olympic triathlon will take place on 27 July 2020, with the women’s event being staged on the following day. The mixed relay will be staged on “Super Saturday”, 1 August, an action-packed day featuring 23 sports on which a number of medal events are scheduled to be held. The mixed relay, a dynamic event that sees non-stop action until the last second, promotes gender-balance, and fully addresses the IOC’s Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations in this respect.

Marisol Casado, President of the ITU and IOC Member, commented, “I am extremely proud of the courses that will stage the Tokyo 2020 Olympic individual Triathlon races, the mixed relay and the Paratriathlon races. We have been working hard with Tokyo 2020 to develop courses that will be exciting for the athletes and spectators alike. The location is perfect and it is incredibly exciting to be right in the heart of Tokyo at the Odaiba Bay. It is a great opportunity to showcase this amazing city to the whole world as the best triathletes and Paratriathletes on the planet compete among Tokyo’s iconic landmarks.”

“For ITU, it is key to provide courses that allow the best possible conditions for the athletes, the best viewing scenarios for spectators on site as well as watching on television, and that consider the sustainability and legacy after the Games, so we work closely with Tokyo 2020 to provide the best environment for the athletes, both now and in the near future. As it is always the case, we are extremely satisfied with the stages we have designed on which our athletes can shine in the summer of 2020, and we will work with Tokyo 2020 to improve those conditions further, where necessary and possible”, added the ITU president. “Tokyo 2020 will be unforgettable for triathlon with our new event added to the calendar. As the thrill and excitement of the mixed relay adds to that of the individual races, we are sure that, on these great circuits, we will all be able enjoy our best Olympic and Paralympic Games to date.”

Triathlete Hirokatsu Tayama, who has competed at every Olympic Games since Athens 2004, commented, “Triathlon is one of the world’s most popular sports; the men’s individual event at previous Games attracted up to 700,000 spectators. When I imagine the cheering crowds at Odaiba Marine Park and along public roads in the city centre, I really envy the athletes who’ll be competing and feeling that excitement. I am sure that the course will be a showcase for the Tokyo 2020 Games, with panoramic views of tourist attractions such as Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Skytree.

“I am confident that the initiatives underway to improve water quality at Odaiba will be effective and leave a positive legacy for the future, and that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be a sustainable Games; one where athletes will be able to compete in absolute safety.”

 

Maps after the break.

 

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Tokyo 2020; Creative Directors for Opening and Closing Ceremonies Announced

Press release by The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games;

 

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today the creative directors who will work on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Mansai Nomura, an acclaimed kyogen actor, has been appointed the Chief Executive Creative Director and will oversee all four ceremonies – the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games and the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.

While being one of Japan’s leading traditional stage comedy and film actors, Nomura has produced and directed contemporary performances both in Japan and overseas. His rich experience and knowledge of both classical and modern Japanese arts were among the reasons for the 12-member selection committee’s decision.

Takashi Yamazaki, an award-winning movie director, has been appointed the Executive Creative Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, and Hiroshi Sasaki, most known for his role as Creative Supervisor of the handover ceremony at the Rio 2016 Games Closing Ceremonies, was named the Executive Creative Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.

Tokyo 2020 also announced the Basic Plan for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, in which the narrative structure of the four ceremonies is laid out. Chief Executive Creative Director Nomura will be in charge of creating and ensuring the overall theme is integrated.

Five others were selected as Creative Directors for the Tokyo 2020 Games ceremonies, including movie producer and writer Genki Kawamura, creative producer Yoshie Kris, singer-songwriter Sheena Ringo, creative technologist Kaoru Sugano and choreographer MIKIKO. These directors will be joined in creative roles by others from a variety of backgrounds.

Tokyo 2020; Face-recognition ID system for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Video by The Japan Times on YouTube

 

Press release by the The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games;

Face Recognition to be Pioneered at Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that a face recognition system will be used to verify the identity of athletes, officials, other staff members and media representatives at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. This will be the first time such technology is used at an Olympic and Paralympic Games, reflecting Tokyo 2020’s commitment to deliver the most innovative Games in history.

NEC Corporation, a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner, will provide the face recognition system. The facial images of every accredited person will be collected beforehand and stored in a database; these will be used to verify identities at accreditation check points.

Face recognition technology will drastically increase security levels at the Tokyo 2020 Games, precluding spoofing, forgery and the use of lost or stolen accreditations. It will improve overall comfort and convenience, with verification being processed automatically and instantaneously, helping to ensure a safe and secure Games.

Tokyo 2020 Executive Director of Security Tsuyoshi Iwashita commented, “The key to Games security is to prevent unauthorised people or items from entering venues. Tokyo 2020 will utilise an automated face recognition system for accredited people, a first for an Olympic or Paralympic Games, to prevent unauthorised access. This latest technology will enable strict identification of accredited people compared with relying solely on the eyes of security staff, and also enables swift entry to venues which will be necessary in the intense heat of summer. I hope this will ensure a safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games and help athletes perform at their best.”

NEC Corporation Senior Vice President Masaaki Suganuma added, “With our extensive experience and knowledge of biometric identification technologies, NEC is well placed to help ensure the Tokyo 2020 Games can be operated smoothly, safely and securely. NEC is a global leader in such technologies, including identification using facial images, iris scans, fingerprints, palm prints, finger vein, voice and ear acoustics, and has supplied more than 700 systems in over 70 countries and regions.”

Tokyo 2020; Cycling – Road Race – Course Maps and Route Summary

 

The UCI has published the course maps and route summary for the Tokyo 2020 cycling road races: