POSTED: January 14th 2015

Olympics Features: Tokyo 2020 establishes panel to study adding sports to the Summer Olympics

Tokyo will begin in earnest to work on changes to the Olympic Programme after Agenda 2020 opened the door /
Tokyo will begin in earnest to work on changes to the Olympic Programme after Agenda 2020 opened the door /

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) It was decided this morning, during the Tokyo 2020 Multi Party Leaders' Meeting, that the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel will be established.

Those who will serve as members on the panel will be: the Vice Governor of Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Akiyama; the Japanese Olympic Committee's Vice President and Secretary General, Tsuyoshi Aoki; the Japan Wrestling Federation President, Tomiaki Fukuda; Japan Sports Association Executive Managing Director, Joichi Okazaki; and Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Atsuko Toyama.

The Chair of the Panel will be Fujio Mitarai, the Honorary Chairman of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). While the Vice Chair will be Toshiro Muto, the CEO of Tokyo 2020.

Observers will be the Sports and Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Director General, Kimito Kubo; Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Koji Murofushi; and Japanese Olympic Committee Executive Board Member, Naoko Takahashi.

After the Tokyo 2020 Multi Party Leaders' Meeting, President Yoshiro Mori talked to the media.

He stated, "Among the recommendations adopted by the IOC in its Olympic Agenda 2020 last December was that future organizing committees be allowed to propose additional events for the consideration of the IOC. And at today’s meeting, we obtained agreement for the establishment of a panel to study the feasibility of proposing specific sports to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games in accordance with a process to be agreed with the IOC...The panel is to be made up of seven persons representing the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, and the Japan Sports Association, along with prominent figures from the economic and sporting worlds."

He continued saying, "The establishment of the panel is being made in response to one of the objectives of the reforms laid out in the Olympic Agenda 2020, which is to reflect as much as possible the wishes and the prevailing conditions of the host city. This point has gathered much attention both in Japan and around the wider sporting world."

President Yoshiro Mori concluded, "Tokyo 2020 will continue to work closely with the IOC, and will discuss details of exactly how this panel will conduct its activities with the delegation from the IOC at the IOC Project Review, set to take place 4-5 February. Following this, the process will be finally determined."

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