The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has launched the Tokyo 2020 Nationwide Participation Programme, kicking off an ambitious series of public events aimed at building public support ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The move is also aimed at maximising the impact and reach of the 2020 Olympic Games across Japan.
To promote the active participation of as many individuals and communities across the country as possible, Tokyo 2020 will authorise and brand events that meet specific criteria, and leverage these to promote positive social change across the country.
The Tokyo 2020 Nationwide Participation Programme will consist of two elements:
- The Tokyo 2020 Official Programme: this will include officially authorised Tokyo 2020 events organised by the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government or a municipal authority within the Tokyo area, official sponsors of the Organising Committee, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, authorised broadcasters, and local public bodies that own and operate competition venues.
- The Tokyo 2020 Support Programme: this will include authorised Tokyo 2020 Games-related events conducted by non-commercial organisations aiming to engage as many people as possible.
Each of the programmes covers eight categories: “Sport and Health”, “Urban Planning”, “Sustainability”, “Cultural Olympiad”, “Education”, “Economy and Technology”, “Recovery”, and “Nationwide Benefits”.
The Organising Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted to them and authorise those that meet its criteria.
Several events showcasing sport and culture are already planned in the Greater Tokyo Area and in the affected areas of the Tohoku region, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, to engage the young generation and invite them to play a part in the preparations of the Tokyo 2020 Games.