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Tokyo and Paris sign Olympic co-operation deal

The organising committees of the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games have agreed a pact to ensure the successful delivery of their respective Games.

Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 have committed to exchange knowledge and expertise in various ways.

The two Organising Committees will share their experiences preparing for and managing major sporting events, covering areas such as exchange of personnel, volunteer recruitment, language services, communications, and ceremony planning.

The Memorandum of Understanding also foresees sharing of best practices in the promotion of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements through seminars and other events covering areas of mutual interest such as education programmes, engagement activities, the Cultural Olympiad, sustainability, and legacy planning.

The signing ceremony took place today, attended by Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto and Paris 2024 CEO Etienne Thobois on the sidelines of the visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to Tokyo. Muto said:

We are pleased to have signed this Memorandum of Understanding promoting cooperation between the two Organising Committees responsible for delivering the consecutive Olympic and Paralympic Games of Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024.

This MoU will allow us to cooperate in a variety of areas, and we believe that both Committees will benefit from the synergies this win-win relationship will bring. We will collaborate as we build momentum and prepare for the Games’ delivery by leveraging each other’s knowledge.

Thobois added:

We are delighted to sign this cooperation agreement with our friends from Tokyo 2020. It marks the start of a new, more collaborative and partnership-led approach between the host cities, the IOC and the IPC, driven by a shared ambition to stage ever-more responsible and spectacular Games.

As Paris 2024, we are proud to play our part in co-creating a new generation of more sustainable and useful Games, fully in line with the recommendations of the IOC’s Agenda 2020 and New Norm.

Contact persons will be appointed in each Organising Committee, responsible for ensuring that both sides are working closely in accordance with the principles of the Memorandum of Understanding, while day-to-day collaboration will be managed by those responsible for each specific area of cooperation.