POSTED: August 9th 2015
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Tokyo 2020 successfully conducted interviews for Additional Event(s) to the Olympic program

(L-R) Fujio MITARAI, Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel Chair; Toshiro MUTO, Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel Vice Chair © Tokyo 2020 - Ryo Ichikawa
(L-R) Fujio MITARAI, Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel Chair; Toshiro MUTO, Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel Vice Chair © Tokyo 2020 - Ryo Ichikawa

Interview of the World Baseball Softball Confederation © Tokyo 2020 - Uta Mukuo
Interview of the World Baseball Softball Confederation © Tokyo 2020 - Uta Mukuo

Press conference of the World Karate Federation - WKF © Tokyo 2020 - Ryo Ichikawa
Press conference of the World Karate Federation - WKF © Tokyo 2020 - Ryo Ichikawa

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tokyo 2020 has successfully conducted interviews of the eight shortlisted International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized International Federations (IFs) that are proposing events that are being considered for inclusion at the XXXII Olympiad Games.

Chair of the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Program Panel, Fujio Mitarai stated, "The interviews consisted of a presentation given by each of the international federations followed by a question and answer session. Each of the international federations gave compelling presentations detailing why they should be selected as an additional event on the 2020 Olympic program, and all the presentations were highly commendable."

After using three key principles to conduct the selection procedure, the Additional Event Program Panel will make their final recommendations to the IOC.

The first principle is making sure that the additional event(s) will be a driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values with a particular emphasis on youth appeal. The next principle is making sure that the additional event(s) will add to the 2020 Games' value by engaging new audiences worldwide and the Japanese population, while reflecting the vision of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The last principle is ensuring that the selection procedure is a fair and open process.

Also, serving as a guiding factor in the final selection will be the list of 35 evaluation criteria published by the IOC for the additional event(s) to the 2020 Olympic program.

In September, the decision on the events(s) will be proposed to the IOC by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee. Then at the 129th IOC Session in August of 2016, the final decision will be made.

The shortlisted IFs in consideration are: World Bowling (WB), World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS), World Karate Federation (WKF), World Squash Federation (WSF), International Wushu Federation (IWUF), International Surfing Association (ISA), and International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).

** 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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