- 12 Sep 2014
- Tokyo 2020
Athletes’ Commission created for Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced the establishment of the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission, a body set up to provide useful insights to organisers in the run-up to the Games. As well as assisting with preparations for hosting Tokyo 2020, the Athletes’ Commission will help to ensure that the differing needs of the athletes, the Olympic Family, spectators and other stakeholders are all met.
Led by Daichi Suzuki, gold medallist at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and President of the Japan Swimming Federation, the Tokyo 2020 Athletes’ Commission will consist of 21 prominent figures from Japan’s sporting community, including five-times Paralympic medallist Junichi Kawai as Vice Chair. Each member of the committee will play an important role in helping Tokyo to achieve its ‘athletes first’ commitment for the Games.
Following the announcement, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “I have attended the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, which gave me the opportunity to renew old friendships with several people from all over the world who are actively involved in the global sporting community. And every one of them told me how excited they were and the great expectations they have for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To ensure that we are able to fulfill these expectations, we will further strengthen our ‘All-Japan’ team, made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society, and accelerate our preparations for the successful delivery of the Games.”