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Tokyo 2020 and Rugby World Cup 2019 join forces

The organising committees for Tokyo 2020 and the Rugby World Cup 2019 are teaming up to make sure the showpiece events leave a lasting legacy for Japan.

They have signed a landmark collaboration agreement under which the two organisations will exchange knowledge and resources to maximise benefits and impacts for their respective events – two of the two of the world’s biggest – being hosted by Japan over the next three years.

The organisers will share their experiences preparing for and managing major sporting events, including security measures, transport infrastructure, venue management, volunteer programmes and anti-doping programmes .

The two organisations will collaborate by exchanging knowledge and resources to ensure the two events are a success and leave a lasting legacy in Japan.

John Coates, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, said:

The attention of the sporting world is already focused on Tokyo and Japan as they prepare to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games in 2020.

Just as there are many significant opportunities and benefits that will accrue to the host country from these events, there will be synergies and benefits, such as in the training of volunteers, from the two organising committees working closely together in the preparation years.

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont added:

World Rugby welcomes this landmark agreement, which will further boost preparations for two very special major sporting and cultural events. There are many synergies between the hosting of these two events, from technology to venues, and from security arrangements to volunteer training.

We look forward to working with all parties to deliver on this opportunity. Rugby is a sport where a strong common vision, shared values and teamwork underpin success and I am sure that this agreement will be great for Rugby World Cup, great for the Olympic Games and great for the people of Japan.