Less than five months after its election as the host city of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has been formally established. The Committee will be responsible for ensuring the successful organisation of the Games, and its establishment marks another major step on Tokyo’s Olympic journey. As well as the creation of the Committee, it was also announced that former Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiro Mori, had been appointed as President and Toshiro Muto as Chief Executive Officer of Tokyo 2020.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We congratulate Tokyo 2020 on the establishment of their Organising Committee, and welcome the appointments of Yoshiro Mori as President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Toshiro Muto as CEO. We look forward to working with both of them in the months and years ahead.”
He continued: “As a former Prime Minister of Japan, sports administrator, avid sports fan, and member of the Tokyo 2020 bid team, Mr Mori's experience will allow him to make an immediate impact on preparations for the 2020 Games and provide proper guidance to the newly formed team in Tokyo. We wish Mr Mori and Mr Muto great success in their new roles.”
These announcements came after a series of key meetings were held in Tokyo, including the Multi-Party Leaders' Meeting (Olympic Board), the Executive Meeting at Incorporation, the Council Board Meeting and the Executive Board Meeting. The Multi-Party Leaders' Meeting (Olympic Board) was attended by Yoshiro Mori; Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee; Toshiyuki Akiyama, Vice Governor of Tokyo; and Hakubun Shimomura, Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
New Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “I am honoured to have been selected to lead the new Organising Committee, and I am fully committed to ensuring that we will deliver a fantastic Games that will showcase the power of sport and further reinforce the Olympic values.”
He added: “Now that the new Organising Committee has been established, our work begins in earnest. We will collaborate closely with the members of the Olympic and Paralympic families and dedicate our entire efforts towards the successful delivery of a Games and a celebration of sport that will live long in the memories of all members of the Olympic Movement, the athletes, the spectators, and people watching around the world.”
Newly appointed CEO Toshiro Muto was also very humbled by his new appointment: “I am delighted and deeply honoured to be part of this Olympic journey. I will draw on all my previous experiences and place myself entirely at the service of Tokyo 2020. This new appointment has given me renewed motivation to deliver a wonderful Olympic and Paralympic Games that will inspire new generations both in Japan and around the world to achieve their own hopes and dreams.
“The team will be composed of staff from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, and the sporting communities from Japan and overseas, as well as staff from private sector companies in the future. We are eager to begin putting in place our plans for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games; we are keen to start working on that right away.”