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IOC CC Executive completes first visit to Tokyo

04 Apr 2014
Tokyo, Japan: The Executive of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games today wrapped up its first official visit to the Japanese capital since the Commission was created in October 2013. Led by Commission Chair John Coates, the IOC delegation also included Vice Chair Alex Gilady, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli and Deputy Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi.

The group participated in the first IOC Project Review of the Games preparations from April 2-4, when they were updated on progress made since Tokyo’s strong bid saw it elected as the 2020 host city.

Speaking at the close of the meeting, Chairman Coates said: “Since my last visit to Tokyo with IOC President Thomas Bach in November 2013, Tokyo 2020 has successfully undertaken a number of important steps on its seven-year Olympic journey. The establishment of the Organising Committee, the constitution of its Executive Board, the creation of a high-level advisory committee and its participation in the Observer Programme for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will all enable Tokyo to face the coming six and a half years with a high level of confidence thanks to this quick start.”

During its visit, the Executive heard presentations on a number of topics, including governance, legacy, sustainability, accommodation, finance, commercial matters, engagement, medical, athlete preparation, venues and infrastructure. The Executive also explained to the Games organisers how the IOC and Tokyo 2020 will work together over the coming six and a half years. 

In addition, the delegation visited a number of the venue sites, including Yoyogi National Stadium, the Olympic Stadium, Nippon Budokan, Imperial Palace Garden, Tokyo International Forum, Kokugikan Arena, Odaiba Marine Park and Tokyo Big Sight, and viewed the sites of all the other future venues of the Tokyo Bay Zone. 

The venue visit also included a trip to the site of the future Olympic Village, where the delegation was joined by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, Olympic champion Koji Murofushi and a number of young Japanese rowers, including Olympian Haruna Sakakibara, who took part in the London 2012 Games.
Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said: “We were delighted to welcome the members of the IOC team to Tokyo, and for the opportunity to enter into discussions with them on a variety of themes related to this first Project Review since the inauguration of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have just completed three days of meetings, and I am very pleased that we were able to hold a range of productive discussions. We now have a much clearer understanding of the direction required for us to take to deliver successful Games.”

The first full IOC Coordination Commission visit to Tokyo will be held from June 25-27, 2014.

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