The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.
Mr Shimazu is the latest in a long line of Japan’s sporting glitterati to confirm their participation at this unmissable event for those involved in mega sporting events and sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology provision.
Speaking about his participation at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, Mr Shimazu said:
It gives me great pleasure to welcome an event in Japan like the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific [event to be] held. I expect that people involved in various international sports and other events in this country will strengthen the collaboration through such an opportunity.
As the Organising Committee of the Rugby World Cup 2019, together with our nation-wide 12 host cities and the local governments wishing to become official team camps, we are looking forward to being able to meet and raise relations with many stakeholders as well.
Currently acknowledged as the fastest growing market for sporting events and sports venue developments ithe world, Japan is the perfect choice for our 18th Stadia & Arena conference and exhibition, with 36 venues currently proposed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. Not to mention the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites and the Kansai Masters in 2021.
In addition, Japan’s successful three-tier soccer league, a well-established baseball league and a soon-to-be-expanded basketball league (for which 15 arena projects are already planned, with many more being proposed), promise to deliver a plethora of opportunities, not least as the Sporting Nation Research Committee has highlighted the fact that the country’s stadia and arenas need to be transformed from cost- to profit centres.
The wider Asia Pacific region is also a hotbed of activity, with 75 actual/predicted projects, including those for events such as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as the new Perth Stadium, Cambodia’s new Morodok Techno National Stadium and the Kai Tak Sports Park.