The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission has begun its first full visit to the Japanese capital city since Tokyo was elected as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games last year at the IOC Session in Buenos Aries.
The Commission, led by its Chairman John Coates, will be in Tokyo from 25 to 27 June, and will meet with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and representatives of the local authorities to discuss the progress made since the foundation of the Organising Committee earlier this year, as well as visiting some of the proposed venue sites for the Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission is composed of 16 members representing different stakeholders of the Olympic Movement including the athletes, National Olympic Committees, International Federations and the IOC membership. There is also a representative of the International Paralympic Committee on the Commission, as the Paralympic Games are organised by the same Organising Committee as the Olympics and use many of the same venues for the Paralympic competitions. The Commission can also boast a number of Olympians and Olympic medallists amongst its number, ensuring that the needs of the athletes will be well taken care of over the coming seven years of preparations.
The next three days will provide an opportunity for the Commission to meet the key members of the Tokyo 2020 project, as well as to gain a better understanding of the venue layout and the current status of preparations for the 2020 Games.