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September 26, 2020

IOC and Tokyo 2020 agree on measures to deliver Games fit for a post-corona world

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Lausanne, Switzerland, September 25 — The IOC Coordination Commission and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee agreed on a series of measures to make the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 fit for a post-corona world.

Developed in response to the postponement of this year’s Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commission has designed over 50 measures to maximize cost savings and increase efficiencies in Games delivery.

In his opening remarks to the meeting participants, IOC President Thomas Bach acknowledged the outstanding progress being made by Tokyo 2020, reinforcing his belief that next year’s Olympic Games will be the best prepared ever. He also emphasized that the coming months will require flexibility and creativity from everyone involved as the Tokyo organizers deliver Games fit for a post-corona world. In doing so, the IOC President offered his gratitude to all stakeholders fully aligned with the envisaged measures.

Today’s meeting provided the Coordination Commission with the opportunity to review the current list of measures, with more opportunities identified in the Games’ lead-up. These measures have four main categories: stakeholders, infrastructure, promotion, and other areas of interest.

Examples of the initial measures include reducing stakeholder personnel attending the Games, streamlining transport services, adjusting spectator activities at competition venues, and hosting several pre-Games meetings online.

Speaking after the meeting, Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said: “Built from the principles outlined by the Joint IOC and Tokyo 2020 Steering Committee, these optimizations and simplifications mark an important step towards delivering a safe and successful Games in 2021. We owe it to the public to enact these measures during these challenging times. That’s why we’ve left no stone unturned and will continue to look for further opportunities over the coming months. The unique task of reorganizing an Olympic Games has called for the Olympic Movement to be stronger together - this milestone illustrates our collective commitment. The ‘Tokyo Model’ will not only deliver a Games fit for a post-corona world; it will become a blueprint that will benefit future Organising Committees for many years to come.”

Tokyo 2020 President Mori Yoshiro added: “Considering the current state of the world, we have been discussing how we will be able to deliver a safe and secure Games that can win public understanding in these challenging times. We will make all efforts to ensure that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be a legacy in the future. We will continue to work hard on simplifications towards next year and ask for the continued cooperation of all those involved in the Games.”

The possible countermeasures fall into seven areas:

Source: International Olympic Committee

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