POSTED: September 5th 2013

Tokyo 2020 Athletes' Commission unveils new mission statement

Japan's Athletes Vow to Promote Sport and the Olympic Movement / Tokyo 2020
Japan's Athletes Vow to Promote Sport and the Olympic Movement / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Japanese athletes have revealed an “Athlete Declaration,” issued by the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission, outlining an action plan to use sport to enhance the development and promotion of sport.

The Commission aims to adhere to the spirit of fair play, advance international contribution and foster international exchange, and make a contribution to society. Fifteen Japanese athletes appeared at an event in Buenos Aires supporting the Athletes’ Commission Thursday, two days before the International Olympic Committee is expected to select the Host City of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

“The power of sport and the Japanese people’s passion for sport has inspired the vision for our bid,” Tokyo 2020 Sports Director and Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission Chairman Yuko Arakida said. “Our plans have been steered by the valuable guidance of many Olympians and Paralympians and the Athlete Declaration is our promise to go even further to promote and enhance sport.

“Our activities will engage children in sport, support young athletes and further cultivate an encouraging environment. At such a challenging time for sport’s place in the world, we athletes have a dedicated plan to use an inspirational Tokyo 2020 to promote the Olympic Values around the world and further enhance the Olympic Movement.”

“Japan is proudly committed to anti-doping and integrity in sport,” Japanese Swimming Federation President and Seoul 1988 gold medallist Daichi Suzuki said. “Anti-doping is part of the national school curriculum in Japan. Every high school student learns the core values of Olympism relating to anti-doping and how to live their lives according to those principles.

“This foundation extends an anti-doping culture throughout Japanese society, which has helped to ensure that no Japanese athlete has ever failed an Olympic Games doping test. Japan has already committed to developing the delivery of anti-doping, especially in Asia, and will continue to go even further to realise a ‘play true culture.’

“A key initiative in our Athlete Declaration is efforts to go even further in the fight against doping with the implementation of ‘Drug Free Sport’ programmes, helping to promote and enhance the integrity of sport and safeguard its future.”

“I am hugely excited by our promise to help athletes to exchange ideas internationally to further advance sport,” London 2012 Olympian Rie Tanaka said. “Assisting athletes from around the world to meet and discuss the key issues in sport today will go a long way to guaranteeing the future positive growth and development of sport.”

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games. The International Olympic Committee will select the Host City at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires this Saturday, 7 September.

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