POSTED: March 1st 2013

Tokyo 2020: Athletes Commission to draw on past Olympic experiences

(R) Yuko Arakida is in charge of the new Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission and is sports director for the bid / Tokyo 2020
(R) Yuko Arakida is in charge of the new Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission and is sports director for the bid / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 1 – Tokyo 2020 has announced the launch of its Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission, coinciding with the bid committee’s ‘athlete-first’ concept. Yuko Arakida, one of Japan’s most renowned Olympic medallists, will lead the Commission. The Commission’s members will provide insight to ensure athletes’ needs are of importance in the Tokyo 2020 Games concept.

Nearly 25 Olympians and Paralympians, including Mikako Kotani, a Tokyo 2020 Bid Ambassador and Seoul 1988 Games synchronised swimmer bronze medallist, and Junichi Kawai, a 21-time Paralympic Swimming medallist, will offer ideas and experiences for the Commission. Gold medallist Chairperson Arakida has traversed around the world to meet key members of the Olympic and Paralympic Family.

“The launch of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission is another crucial milestone for our Bid,” IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda said. “By learning from past and present Japanese Olympians and Paralympians, we intend to reinforce our plan of thoughtful and innovative propositions for the Olympic and Paralympic family. Best practices and insight derived from the Commission will be woven into our Games plan as we strive tirelessly to fine-tune our plans for the world’s greatest sports celebration in 2020.”

Tokyo 2020’s Games plan, with thoughts of convenience for athletes and the most compact Games in recent history in mind, calls for 28 of the 33 competition venues to be located within an eight-kilometre radius of the Olympic and Paralympic Village in the heart of Tokyo.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · athletes · Yuko Arakida · Olympic bidding

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