POSTED: May 12th 2015
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Tokyo 2020: Application process for the Summer Olympic Games additional events is open for sports

The final selections will be put forward to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by September 30th © Bigstock
The final selections will be put forward to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by September 30th © Bigstock

IOC Recognized IFs who are interested in having their events considered for inclusion are invited to return completed applications by June 8th.
IOC Recognized IFs who are interested in having their events considered for inclusion are invited to return completed applications by June 8th.

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has opened the application process for additional event(s) to be added to the Games of the XXII Olympiad. The final choice of the event(s) made by Tokyo 2020 will be put forward to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by September 30th.

The Tokyo 2020 Additional Program Panel will work over the next four months to identify one or more additional events to propose to the IOC. The following key principles will apply to the examinations of all the applications:

·         The additional event(s) must promote the Olympic Movement and values with a particular focus on the youth.

·    The additional event(s) should add value to the Games by engaging new global audiences, reflect the Tokyo 2020 vision, and engage the Japanese population.

·         The selection procedure will be fair and open.

The application process will have two separate phases.

The first phase (Phase I) deals with response forms, which include a set of questions being sent to IOC recognized International Federations (IFs) with sports currently not on the Olympic Program. Also, IOC Recognized IFs that are not exclusively practiced on ice and snow. Those IOC Recognized IFs, who are interested in having their events considered for inclusion, are invited to return completed applications by June 8th.

Each application will be examined by the Additional Event Program Panel. They shall ensure that each application complies with the essential principles set forth. A short list of event(s) and IFs will be determined for further detailed consideration. The successful applicants will be informed and invited to take part in Phase II, which will start on June 22nd.

Phase II will deal with the submission of further detailed information from the shortlisted event(s) and IFs. In early August, a presentation will be given to the Additional Event Program Panel that will take place in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee will hear the recommendations of the panel before making a final decision on those that will be proposed to the IOC. The IOC will make their final decision at the 129th IOC Session in August of 2016 in Rio.

In addition, the timelines for the application process are subject to change, and the process will not apply to the 28 IFs already included in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Program.

The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel will include:

·         ·    Vice President and Secretary General of the Japanese Olympic Committee,                        Tsuyoshi Aoki

·         ·    Japan Sports Association Executive Managing Director, Joichi Okazaki

·         ·    Vice Governor of Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Akiyama

·       ·    Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,                           Atsuko Toyama

·         ·    Japan Wrestling Federation President, Tomiaki Fukuda

·         ·    Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Honorary Chairman and Chair of the                     Panel, Fujio Mitarai

·         ·    Tokyo 2020 CEO and Vice Chair of the Panel, Toshiro Muto

Also, the Observers include:

·         ·    Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Koji Murofushi

·         ·    Japanese Olympic Committee Executive Board Member, Naoko Takahashi

·         ·    Sports and Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and                   Technology (MEXT) Director General, Kimito Kubo

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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