The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced on July 20 in a virtual session that all the venues for the Paralympic and Olympic Games in 2021 have been secured.
With little over a year to go until the postponed Tokzo 2020 Paralympic Games open on 24 August 2021, this marks a significant step for the organisers.
The decision highlights the progress made amidst the current unprecedented circumstances, with strong unity among all stakeholders driving the planning and delivery of next year’s Games.
“We are hugely encouraged to learn that all of the competition venues and Paralympic Village have been secured for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The Village is so important to athletes: it’s a place of inspiration and warmth, where lifelong friendships are created. I know they all can’t wait to experience it and the generosity of spirit of the Japanese people.
“All of us at the IPC would like to place on record our appreciation of the work of Joint Steering Committee over the last four months. Reorganising the Games demands a Herculean effort and they are delivering in very challenging circumstances,” said Andrew Parsons, IPC President.
“I am also pleased for the world’s media that the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre have been confirmed too. We look forward to seeing them next year. We are confident that at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics they will see a spectacular showcase of sport, with Para athletes entertaining the world and advancing a more inclusive world. The success of the Games will symbolise our victory over the global crisis,” added Parsons.
Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto confirmed that all 43 competition venues for Paralympics and Olympics, the Athletes Village, and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre would be used for the Games in 2021.
“Following the decision to postpone the Games, Tokyo 2020 immediately formed the New Launch Task Force and began to organise systems ready to face this unprecedented challenge. Our staff have been working tirelessly around the clock on these preparations, and it is my pleasure to announce today that we have successfully secured all venues and confirmed the competition schedule for next year’s Games,” said Mori.