IOC holds Orientation Seminar in Tokyo
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Hakubun Shimomura, Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose, and Japanese Olympic Committee President and IOC Member Tsunekazu Takeda hosted an International Olympic Committee delegation in Tokyo 14-15 Nov. for an Orientation Seminar.
The meeting should help Japanese organisers through the transition phase as they plan the deliverance of the recently-awarded 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.
International Olympic Committee Executive Director for the Olympic Games Gilbert Felli led the delegation, which also included International Paralympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Xavier Gonzalez. Topics discussed in the two-day meeting included advice on managing the Games, key milestones occurring during the lifecycle of an Organising Committee, and key factors of the transition period.
“We are excited to be here, so soon after Tokyo was awarded the right to host the 2020 Games, and to see the early progress made by the local organisers,” Felli said. “Organising the Olympic Games is a complex undertaking, which requires great teamwork and a strong partnership from those involved, so we were pleased with the high level of commitment from all the seminar’s participants. This orientation seminar has enabled us to lay out the foundation for the future and to build upon the transfer of knowledge that Tokyo has already benefited from during the bid process.”
Participants in the seminar ranged from members of government and business and sports leaders. Tokyo organisers also updated the IOC delegation on other steps already taken, such as appointing the Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, establishing an office for the promotion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and creating a number of committees and groups at different levels of Government to support the Games’ preparations and implementations.
Tokyo organisers will now finalise the formation of the Organising Committee.
“The seminar covered a wide range of topics and was immensely helpful in enabling us to deepen our understanding of exactly what role will be expected of the Organising Committee and the specific tasks it will be required to undertake,” Takeda said.
“The seminar was attended by some 200 participants and, judging by the questions raised during the seminar and the initial feedback I have already received, I am sure that we all learned a great deal about the complexities and challenges of organising an event as enormous and prestigious as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Gilbert Felli and his fellow members of the IOC delegation for their meticulous planning of the seminar, and for pointing out the various potential pitfalls. Our discussions with the IOC team were extremely productive, and we are looking forward with renewed motivation, determination and enthusiasm to working closely with the IOC and all concerned members of the Olympic family, to ensure that Tokyo delivers Games that will take their place in the long and distinguished history of the Olympic Movement.”
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and IOC Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Games John Coates will meet with representatives of Tokyo 2020 and the local government 20 Nov.
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