POSTED: June 5th 2014

Tokyo 2020 formalises Advisory Meeting for the summer Olympics

Tokyo 2020 Executive Board led by President Yoshiro Mori (R) announced the 170 strong Advisory Committee / Shugo TAKEMI
Tokyo 2020 Executive Board led by President Yoshiro Mori (R) announced the 170 strong Advisory Committee / Shugo TAKEMI

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) A total of 170 members of major domestic stakeholders of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games were named to the newly-formed Tokyo 2020 Advisory Meeting Thursday at the third Executive Board meeting.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was selected as chairperson and supreme advisor of the Advisory Meeting, an “all-Japan” team created to aid the organising committee stir Japan’s passion and excitement for the Olympic Summer Games in 2020.

Five of the Meeting’s special advisors are Diet Members’ League for the Promotion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games President Taro Aso, Special Advisor to President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Sadako Ogata, Japan Business Federation Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and Supreme Advisor to the Japanese Olympic Committee Yoshiuaki Tsutsumi, while People’s Honour Award winner and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medallist Naoko Takahashi, Royal Swedish Opera Ballet First Soloist Mariko Kida, United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador Misako Konno, and Paralympic double gold medallist Kuniko Obinata will serve as advisors.

Under Prime Minister Abe, the Meeting consists of three supreme advisors and eight special advisors, with 20 percent of the advisors female. The formation of the Meeting – which will hold its first session this fall – completes the key components of Tokyo 2020.

The Executive Board greeted its 35th member, Haruyuki Takahashi, Chairman of Commons, Thursday, and approved alterations to the organisational structure to improve governance and strengthen the organisation.

The 10 bureaus of Tokyo 2020’s head office are Administration, Planning and Finance, Engagement, Marketing, International Relations, Sports and Games Operations, Games Preparations and Operations, Security, Telecommunications, Venues, and Coordination of Infrastructure.

Roles for Tokyo 2020’s chief compliance officer and chief financial officer were laid out in the meeting Thursday, while the chief executive officer will be assisted by twelve counsellors in matters of specific head office activities.

Tokyo 2020 also plans to promote Olympic education with new partnership arrangements with Japanese universities and colleges, of which more than 500 have expressed interest in the programme. On Olympic Day, 23 June, an official signing ceremony will be held for the universities and colleges, which will each serve as local communities’ Olympic educational hubs.

Keywords · Tokyo 2020 · Japan · Shinzo Abe · Olympic Games · Paralympic Games · Olympics · Paralympics · International Olympic Committee · IOC · United Nations ·

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