POSTED: September 12th 2014

Tokyo 2020: New media and athletes' commissions boost the Games organization

(L to R) Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto / Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi
(L to R) Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto / Tokyo 2020 - Shugo Takemi

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced today that two new key commissions have been setup to further the progress on Games’ preparations.

The fourth Executive Board adjourning today confirmed the new Media and Athletes’ Commissions that will work in their individual fields of expertise to help the organizing committee with insight and valuable experience.

“I have attended the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, which gave me the opportunity to renew old friendships with several people from all over the world who are actively involved in the global sporting community,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

“And every one of them told me how excited they were and the great expectations they have for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“To ensure that we are able to fulfill these expectations, we will further strengthen our “All-Japan” team, made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society, and accelerate our preparations for the successful delivery of the Games,” he concluded.

The Tokyo 2020 Games Foundation plan will be submitted to the IOC in February 2015.

The new Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission will comprise 21 members (11 female and 10 male) and be chaired by Daichi Suzuki, gold medallist at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and President of the Japan Swimming Federation. Junichi Kawai, a medallist at the Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, will be Vice Chair and their first meeting will be on October 10th in less than a month.

The new Media Commission will hold its first meeting next Tuesday on the 16th and be chaired by Hisashi Hieda, Chairman and CEO of Fuji Media Holdings Group. This group comprises 36 representatives (14 female and 22 male) coming from Japanese media and includes Lucy Birmingham, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

One of the other decisions of the Executive Board is that the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee will put forth an application to the Cabinet Office in order to operate as a public interest incorporated foundation.

The EB also approved the former Vice-Governor of Tokyo, Hiroshi Sato, as Tokyo 2020 Vice Director General and added seven new members of the Advisory Meeting. This group now numbers 175 representatives coming from major Japanese stakeholders.

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