The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has underlined its commitment to actively involve athletes at all levels of its preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games by appointing Olympic hammer throw gold medallist Koji Murofushi as its new Sports Director.
Murofushi, who won Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will act as a liaison between athletes, international sports federations and the Organising Committee to ensure the needs of athletes will be met during Tokyo 2020.
“I've had the honour of competing in four Summer Olympic Games, from Sydney 2000 to London 2012, and I know what it takes to make a great Olympic experience for athletes,” he said. “I want to contribute to organising an athlete-focused Games that will deliver a long-term legacy and benefit for the sporting community in Japan and beyond.”
Murofushi, who is currently associate professor of sports science at Chukyo University in Nagoya, added: “In 2020, we will host the entire world and I want to create an environment at the Tokyo Games that will enable athletes to compete and perform to the peak of their abilities. I am 100% committed to making these Games the best ever.”
The 2011 world champion, who was appointed as a member of the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board last January, recently won his 20th successive hammer throw title at the Japanese athletics championships.