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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today opened the application process for additional event(s) to be included at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020), which follows the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s approval of its Olympic Agenda 2020 last December. Tokyo’s final choice of events to be proposed to the IOC will be made by 30 September 2015.

Over the next four months, the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel will work to identify one or more additional events to be proposed by Tokyo 2020 to the IOC. It will do so based on the following key principles, which will be applied to its examination of all applications.

Key principles:

  • The additional event(s) will serve as a driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal
  • The additional event(s) will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision
  • The selection procedure will be open and fair

The application process will feature two separate phases:
Phase I will involve response forms, which will include a brief set of questions, being sent to all IOC Recognised International Federations (IF) that control sports currently not on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games programme and that are not exclusively practiced on snow or ice. IOC Recognised IFs interested in having their events considered for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Games are invited to return their completed applications by 8 June 2015.

The Additional Event Programme Panel will examine each application to ensure that it complies fully with Tokyo 2020’s key principles. The panel will then determine a shortlist of IFs and event(s) to be included for further detailed consideration. Successful applicants will be informed of the decision of the panel and invited to participate in Phase II, which will begin on 22 June 2015.

Phase II will include the submission of further details from the shortlisted IFs and a presentation in front of the Additional Event Programme Panel will take place in Tokyo. The Additional Event Programme Panel will propose its recommendations to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, which will make a final decision on the successful IFs and event(s) to be proposed to the IOC. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made by the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.

Application timeline:
Phase I
8 May 2015 Application forms sent to all IOC Recognised IFs
8 June 2015 Deadline for submission of completed applications
22 June 2015 Shortlist announcement – shortlisted IFs will be requested to submit further details.
Phase II
22 July 2015 Deadline for the submission of further details.
Early August 2015 Presentations in Tokyo
30 September 2015 Selection of the event(s) and deadline for Tokyo 2020 to submit its proposal to the IOC

(NB: These timelines are subject to change and this process does not apply to the 28 IFs already on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Programme.)

Composition of the Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel (members in alphabetical order):

  • Tsuyoshi AKIYAMA, Vice Governor of Tokyo
  • Tsuyoshi AOKI, Vice President & Secretary General, Japanese Olympic Committee
  • Tomiaki FUKUDA, President, Japan Wrestling Federation
  • Fujio MITARAI (Chair of the Panel), Honorary Chairman, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)
  • Toshiro MUTO (Vice Chair of the Panel), CEO, Tokyo 2020
  • Joichi OKAZAKI, Executive Managing Director, Japan Sports Association
  • Atsuko TOYAMA, Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

Observers (in alphabetical order):

  • Kimito KUBO, Director General, Sports and Youth Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Koji MUROFUSHI, Sports Director, Tokyo 2020
  • Naoko TAKAHASHI, Executive Board Member, Japanese Olympic Committee

Image: Tokyo 2020/Shugo TAKEMI With (Left to right): Yoshiro Mori, Tokyo 2020 President, and Tsunekazu Takeda, JOC President.

Courtesy: Tokyo 2020.

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