Organising Committees present progress to IOC Executive Board
During its second day of meetings, the IOC Executive Board (EB) listened to reports about the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Beijing and Paris.
Tokyo 2020 has made excellent progress, especially in regard to its impressive success with ticket sales sign-ups and volunteers. A total of 7.5 million people signed up for an ID in the first round of the Japanese ticket lottery application, with the ticketing website accessed 24 million times. More than 200,000 people both in Japan and abroad have signed up to be volunteers for 80,000 available positions, demonstrating the attractiveness of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Tokyo 2020 also updated the EB on the completed construction of the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Sea Forest Waterway and Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, while the remaining six new venues are scheduled to be finished by February 2020.
IOC Coordination Commission Chair for Beijing 2022 Juan Antonio Samaranch provided the EB with an update for the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee on how these Olympic Winter Games will revolutionise winter sports. A key priority for China in hosting the Games is to make 300 million people familiar with winter sports, which it is well on track to doing. In 2018, Beijing 2022’s Zhangjiakou zone welcomed 7 per cent more tourists, while the Chongli ski resorts sold 24 per cent more lift tickets than the previous season. The number of Chinese athletes training for Beijing 2022 with the Chinese national team has also risen to 3,257, which is a substantial increase from 345 in 2014.
Paris 2024 provided a progress report on its plans to produce an Olympic Games that is for the benefit of all of France. We see this with projects like the launch of Terre de Jeux 2024, which will associate French sport clubs with the Olympic Games, as well as in the Organising Committee’s approach for an open and inclusive economic development and employment plan and its proposal to host mass participation events at Games time. On Olympic Day, Paris 2024 has very ambitious plans to bring the people of Paris and France together around Olympic sport, providing them with the opportunity to try a number of sports. It will also offer the chance for the first qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 mass-participation marathon.
Virginie Faivre, the Lausanne 2020 President; Ian Logan, CEO of Lausanne 2020; and Danka Bartekova, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, provided their respective progress reports. It was emphasised that all preparations are on time and on budget. Key priorities going forward include the communication and engagement activities, which will continue to build in the lead-up to Games time, and the volunteer programme, which will launch this Olympic Day on 23 June.
Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission, presented an update. She highlighted the ongoing work with IFs as part of the sports programme development, as well as key construction projects, such as the Youth Olympic Village, which has started on time. The formalisation of Dakar 2022’s vision, mission, objectives and impacts is underway, as are plans for venue refurbishments.