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IOC's Coates pleased with Tokyo 2020 state of preparation

Date : 28 May 2019

Tokyo, Japan, May 28, 2019: IOC’s Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chairman John Coates was impressed with the state of preparation of the local organising committee, as well as with the spectacular interest in these Olympic Games, following a three-day visit to Tokyo last week.

Coates cited unmatched interest in ticket sales and progress towards managing issues regarding transportation and adverse weather conditions at the Games as examples of the International Olympic Committee’s confidence in organisers just over 14 months ahead of the start of the showpiece.

“With just over a year to go, excitement in these Olympic Games is unparalleled. While we were in Tokyo, domestic ticket ID registrations surpassed the five million mark. The foundation to host successful Olympic and Paralympic Games is set,” said Coates following the eighth visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to Tokyo from May 21 to 23.

“We witnessed first-hand the steady progress in construction at several venues, including the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Kasai Canoe Slalom Centre and the Olympic Village. We also visited the Yumenoshima Park Archery Field, which opened in April. We were pleased to hear about the concrete measures to manage transport, as well as advances in planning for adverse weather,” Coates commented.

One significant area of concern is traffic congestion during the Olympics, which Coates insisted would be fully understood following the bus schedule of test events. An increase in highway tolls and the rationing of road space based on license plate numbers are among solutions.

Coates added: “Now is the time for Tokyo 2020 not only to test these operational plans, but also to home in on creating the most spectacular atmosphere possible for athletes and spectators. With this high level of preparation, Tokyo 2020 has the opportunity to make these Games truly special.”

The first wave of test events will kick-off in June, followed by the One-Year-To-Go celebrations, as well as additional phases of ticketing, including international sales.

During the three days of meetings, Tokyo 2020 also presented plans on how it will make the Olympic Games unforgettable, with concepts such as taking sport out of the stadium and into the street, moving from a passive to an active fan experience at the urban cluster. Organisers are also refining plans for live sites at Games time, which will include public viewing and cultural performances.

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