POSTED: February 1st 2012

Tokyo 2020: Gold medal volleyball athlete Arakida new sports director

Yuko Arakida and bic chief Masato Mizuno / Tokyo 2020
Yuko Arakida and bic chief Masato Mizuno / Tokyo 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Toyko 2020 bid team grows with the addition of Olympic gold medalist and chairperson of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Yuko Arakida, as Sports Director. 

Arakida is also an Executive Board Member of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC). She played on Japan’s gold medal-winning teams at the 1974 FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship in Mexico, the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games and the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup 1977 in Japan. 

Masato Mizuno, bid ceo, said, “We are delighted to announce a strong addition to the Tokyo 2020 team. Yuko Arakida is a renowned former athlete and global ambassador of the Games. Along with her experience and expertise, the Tokyo 2020 team is united as a collective team, determined to bring the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Tokyo.”

Arakida was also involved with the last Tokyo bid and helped deliver presentations during several key stages, including the bid’s final presentation at the 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Copenhagen. As well as the 13th Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Ordinary General Assembly in Nigeria, and addressed the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) Executive Committee Meeting in Mexico.

She was thrilled at the new appointment, “I am extremely excited for this opportunity. I have long held the utmost respect for the Olympic Movement, especially following my outstanding and memorable experience at the 1976 Montreal Games. I quickly realised that the Olympics is no ordinary event: it is a special celebration, where not only athletes, but the entire world can come together. I will communicate with the International Federations to the fullest extent in order to understand their needs, ultimately allowing me to better plan and implement ideas for Tokyo 2020.”

Not only serving as an athlete, she also has experience working with the national teams and club teams abroad in Germany and Switzerland.

Tokyo is competing against Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Madrid, and Rome to host the 2020 summer Games with the final vote to be decided September 7th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Masato Mizuno · Yuko Arakida · Olympic bidding

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