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Tokyo 2020 today unveiled the official emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, “Harmonized Chequered Emblems”. The design was highly acclaimed by the public and the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee for exemplifying Japan and the city of Tokyo, and for its representation of the spirit of the Tokyo 2020 Vision.

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed Polytan as an official Global Supplier, guaranteeing them exclusive rights, including the supply of the turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The seven-year partnership, with an option for a two-year extension to incorporate the 2024 Olympic Games, represents a major leap for the FIH and is proof that the Hockey Revolution strategy provides hockey’s partners with real business opportunities.

This relationship signifies a major increase in the commercial value of hockey. As well as a significant investment, the agreement includes the provision of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 men’s and women’s Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. One of the key features will be the creation of an FIH Hockey World Cup turf that will add value to Polytan’s product range and build brand equity for FIH.

The FIH will also actively support Polytan’s business in key growth markets such as India and China, and traditional hockey markets in Europe. Additionally, Polytan will be provided with a customised set of visibility, marketing and networking opportunities that are all designed to actively create new business.

Speaking about this news, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said:

We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, an organisation that has built a solid foundation of trust having delivered a number of world-class hockey turfs over the years, including at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic venues. Being named as our Global Supplier is recognition of both their continued investment in our sport and their innovative approach to developing top quality surfaces to play hockey on.

FIH President, Leandro Negre added:

Polytan’s commitment to hockey and growing the game, along with their professional approach and renowned quality ensured this was the perfect match for both organisations. We look forward to working with them to build hockey over the coming years through their commitment to and engagement in our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup (owners of Polytan) commented:

This relationship is incredibly important for the future of hockey, a sport which we firmly believe in. That’s why we have done everything in our power to develop class-leading products to enable us to become a strong partner that FIH can trust.

This has involved a considerable amount of investment which has seen our experts draw upon the knowledge of FIH and seek practical input from the sport’s leading athletes. This shows just how passionate we are about providing the best for our customers – something that will be recognised by the sport as we continue to work with FIH to develop hockey over the coming years as part of our relationship.

This latest partnership follows last year’s launch of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development. For more information about this programme, visit the Hockey Turf section of the FIH website by clicking here.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Main photo: Stephen Niven, CEO Sport Group Asia Pacific with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Export to Japan, in association with UKT&I/UKTI Tokyo, have launched a Global Sports Events report detailing Japan’s progress on the road to Tokyo 2020 and provides details on the latest updates on business opportunities for British companies in this sector. 

This is the second Global Sports Event Webinar that UKT&I Tokyo and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have hosted to date. NB: Only UKT&I and BCCJ members are allowed access to this webinar and the downloadable version of the report.

Since Export to Japan’s first webinar, Japan’s biggest achievements have included the completion of the venue planning and agreement of events with the IOC and the IPC.

The industry expert speakers introduce the Global Sports Event report on Tokyo 2020 and RWC 2019, which follows on from the previous report released last year.

They also discuss the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Olympics & Paralympics’ Action Plan, which will be soon available on Export to Japan.

About the Speaker

Tim Johnson, Head of Global Sporting Events and Strategic Trade at UKTI Japan hosts the guest speaker, Graham Davis, of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, who provides his expertise and discusses business opportunities for British companies as Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 draw ever closer.

Benefits of Watching 

UK companies are eligible to receive an executive summary of the Global Sports Event report and TMG Action Plan via the webinar, and receive the latest updates on planning and progress.

They will also be able to learn about opportunities that might exist for UK companies in the supply chain, how the new National Sponsors could be involved in Tokyo 2020 and the ways in which this may be of interest to UK companies.

About the Report

Three major global sporting events are set to take place in Japan over the coming years. This report sets the scene for British companies who may be interested in becoming involved in the delivery of these events.

It also gives a detailed explanation of the major global sporting events that will be hosted in Japan over the next few years.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction
  • Three Events
  • 2020 Olympics background
  • Timetable to the Olympics
  • Insight into Business Opportunities for UK companies
  • Tokyo 2020 – the view from LOCOG
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 background
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 – the organiser’s view
  • About the BCCJ, their partners and contacts

Updates to this report will delve more deeply into top level areas of opportunities for British businesses.

About the BCCJ

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s mission is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all their members, and actively encourage new British business into the Japanese market, as well as Japanese investment into the UK.

The BCCJ works closely with the UKT&I Tokyo in order to achieve this goal.

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About Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016

If Asia Pacific is a region you are interested in or is a region you are already working in and would like to secure more leads/clients/distributors etc., then you need to attend our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference & exhibition – as mentioned during the above Global Sports Events Report’s webinar – which is being held at Japan’s Yokohama Arena from September 26-28.

Now in its 18th year, the event brings together the industry leaders from all aspects of sporting events and sports venues, from design & build, to management, operations and technology.

Some 50+ top industry professionals, from architects, engineers, sports venue owners/operators, LOC’s, government/council representatives and producers/suppliers, will share their insights over the 3-day event, during which you can network, learn, knowledge-share and do business.

Japan is the perfect choice for our 2016 event, with the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites, 36 venues being currently proposed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. This is all in addition to the country’s successful three-tier Soccer League, a well-established Baseball League, and a soon-to-be expanded Basketball League (with 15 arena projects already planned and many more proposed), making Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 too good of an opportunity to miss!

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Inside the Games has reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), which will allow Team GB to use Japanese sports facilities during the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The agreement was also signed by the Yokahama and Kawasaki City Governments, as well as Keio University, and covers the provision of and access to facilities for the BOA.

Following the MoU, the BOA will be able to use facilities at Keio Hiyoshi Campus and Todoroki Stadium, as well as the Yokohama International Swimming Pool, for their pre-Games training.

Sebastien Coe, BOA President, said:

We are pleased that we have been able to partner with two great cities in Yokohama and Kawasaki, which will provide Team GB athletes with outstanding sporting facilities at Keio University, the International Swimming Pool and Todoroki Stadium.

We look forward to building further collaboration using sport as the instrument for positive social change.

Japan has made an immeasurable contribution to the Olympic Movement.

Tokyo 1964, Sapporo 1972 and Nagano 1998 provided the stage for some of the most memorable Olympic moments.

Tokyo 2020 will continue that rich history and will be a showcase to the world of iconic sport and culture.

The MoU was signed at the Ajinomoto National Training Centre, a state-of-the-art training facility used by Japan’s top athletes.

Coe, who is also President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), was joined by JOC President Tsnuekazu Takeda to confirm the agreement.

Takeda said:

I am very delighted to celebrate the signing of the MoU among the parties, the British Olympic Association, Yokohama City, Kawasaki City and the Japanese Olympic Committee in terms of the BOA training camp for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

We believe that the usage of the facilities of Yokohama City, Kawasaki City and Keio University by Team GB during the training camp will make it possible to create exchanges with the citizens and young people of both cities and university students.

In addition, we strongly feel that this MoU will further deepen the cordial relationship between the BOA and the JOC.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place from July 24 to August 9.


Image courtesy: Tokyo 2020




Our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference & exhibition is being held at the Yokohama Arena this September, 26-28. To register an exhibitor, speaker, sponsor or delegate, please visit the event website at:




According to a piece by Kyodo reported on the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) website, Yokohama Stadium has become a top candidate to host baseball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organisers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program.

The other sports are surfing, skate boarding, sport climbing and karate. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce 2020’s additional sports this August, prior to the Rio de Janiero Games.

Tokyo Games organisers also looked into the Tokyo Dome and Chiba city’s QVC Marine Field as potential venues. However, Tokyo Dome’s candidacy suffers from the lack of nearby space needed for security and media. Chiba is already set to host three competitions, including wrestling, and it said that Kanagawa Prefecture is favoured by some for baseball out of a desire to achieve balance.

Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori has previously indicated his stance to have some events hosted in Fukushima Prefecture in the heart of the area affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.


The Yokohama Arena will host this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, which will include tours of many of the city’s sports venues, including Yokohama Stadium. To guarantee your place at this must-attend conference and exhibition, visit the website at:


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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today published its High-level Sustainability Plan and Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code, confirming its readiness to deliver a minimal impact Games and aiming to raise awareness of the significance of sustainability in today’s world.

Takeo Tanaka, Senior Director of the Tokyo 2020 Sustainability Department, confirmed:

Among the recommendations adopted in the Olympic Agenda 2020 is the important theme of sustainability. Tokyo 2020 has also made sustainability one of its overriding priorities and will include sustainability in all aspects of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Moreover we have incorporated several Japanese values into our plans including the concept of Mottainai, or the sense of avoiding waste.

Tokyo 2020 is embracing the entire concept of “sustainability” in its preparations, which covers not only environmental matters, but also the consideration of human rights, working conditions and management of supply chains.

The High-level Sustainability Plan (download here, PDF: 700 Ko) is the framework outlining the basic approach to be adopted to ensure sustainability in Games preparations and operations. Tokyo 2020 aims to finalise its sustainability plan by the end of 2016, and to obtain the ISO 20121 international standard for event sustainability management.

The Fundamental Principles for the Sustainable Sourcing Code (download here, PDF: 500 Ko) will ensure the sustainable sourcing of products and services deemed vital to the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Games with full consideration given to of economic rationality, fairness and equity.

These two documents provide a basis for considering sustainability from the planning stage, but leaves scope for further development through the collection of ideas, opinions and information from various delivery partners, such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, private entities, and NGOs/NPOs. The Organising Committee is also inviting suggestions from people throughout Japan and across the wider world to further ensure the delivery of sustainable Games. Ideas, suggestions, etc. can be proposed through the Tokyo 2020 official website until Friday, 12 February.


PanStadia & Arena Management’s ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific – the must-attend event for all those involved in sporting events and sports venue design, build, management, operation and fit-out – will take place at Japan’s Yokohama Arena this September, 26-28. To book your place, go to:

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee confirmed this week that it was “pleased to learn that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the venues for the Cycling events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”.

With the spirit of the Olympic Agenda 2020 and a strong focus on the post-Games legacy, the Track events have been relocated from the originally planned temporary velodrome at Ariake to the existing Izu Velodrome (pictured).

The Mountain Bike events have been relocated from the originally planned temporary course in the Sea Forest venue to the existing Izu Mountain Bike Course. The events will be staged with the spectacular Mount Fuji as a backdrop.

The BMX events will take place at the temporary Olympic BMX Course in Ariake, as originally specified in the Candidature File.

The Road Races and Time Trials will take place in the city of Tokyo. The finish line for the Road Races has been relocated to the Imperial Palace Garden in a change to the originally indicated finish line at the Musashino Forest Park. With this change, both the start and finish lines for these events will be located at the Imperial Palace Garden.

Tokyo 2020 CEO, Toshiro Muto, said:

The Japan Cycle Sports Centre is located in Izu, and is the centre of cycling not only in Japan, but across the whole of Asia. We believe this location constitutes the optimal choice of venue from a wide range of perspectives: including the Athlete Experience, maximum use of existing venues, post-Games legacies, and for the future development of the sport of Cycling in Japan and across Asia.

Tokyo 2020 conducted a review of its venue plan in line with the recommendations adopted in the Olympic Agenda 2020. Particular attention has been given to the perspectives of legacy, the impact of venue development on the citizens of Tokyo and Japan, and minimising venue construction costs. The relocation of the Track and Mountain Bike events to the Izu venue results in savings of approximately ten billion yen (USD 100 million).

All sports – with the exception of Football – have now been allocated competition venues. The venues specified in the Candidature File for the Football events remain unchanged, and, as for previous Games, a final decision for the Football venues is expected to be made following the Rio 2016 Games.


Our 18th Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference & exhibition will take place at the Yokohama Arena in Japan, from September 26-28. For further details, go to:

The Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee has launched a design competition for the new Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games emblems. The competition is open to everyone, regardless of previous experience or formal qualifications, and individual or group applications are welcomed.

Individual competition entries are invited from Japanese nationals over 18-years-old and foreign nationals over 18-years-old, with the right of residence in Japan. Children and foreigners not resident in Japan can also take part via the group entries system (10 persons max.), as long as at least one person meets the above age, nationality and residential requirements.

Applications can be submitted online from Tuesday 24 November to Monday 7 December 2015 through a website to be publicly announced at a later date. An official announcement of the winning entry is scheduled for spring 2016.

The entry selected by the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee will be forwarded to the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board for final approval. The winning entry will receive an official invitation to attend the opening ceremonies of both the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The emblems should seek to symbolise the fact that the 2020 Games are being held in Tokyo and Japan, and elicit empathy with people across the world. The designs should endeavour to have widespread appeal before, during and long after the Games are over.

Tokyo 2020 would like all applicants to give full rein to their imagination and creativity, and incorporate one or more of the following key concepts into their design of new Games emblems: The Power of Sport; Typifying Tokyo and/or Japan; World Peace; Exerting the utmost efforts and striving to achieve a Personal Best; Inclusivity; Innovation and Futuristic; Regeneration (ability to recover from the 2011 disaster).

Further information can be found online at: