Want to have your say during Tokyo 2020?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Worldwide Olympic Partner Visa have teamed up to give you just that, launching The Visa Award, as voted on by you – the fans.
The Visa Award highlights moments from Tokyo 2020 that rise above the competition. Fans vote on one favourite Olympic and one Paralympic moment, which is meant to celebrate friendship, inclusion, acceptance, and courage.
The Prize? Visa will give each winning Olympian and Paralympian the opportunity to choose an eligible charity to which Visa will donate $50,000 USD, in an effort to directly impact the community and promote equality and inclusion.
Fans can vote starting today (26 July) on the Tokyo 2020 FanZone platform, a new digital experience that both engages and unites audiences watching from around the world.
What are the moments that captivate, inspire and rise above the competition? Now you get to weigh in as part of The Visa Award.
Here’s how it works:
Athletes who best exemplify Olympic and Paralympic values will be recognised throughout the Tokyo 2020 Games and a selection of the most emblematic moments will be added to the FanZone app and website for fan voting. Eight Olympic nominees will advance for final voting on 8 August and six Paralympic athletes will advance for final voting on 5 September.
The Visa Award winners will be celebrated during a virtual award ceremony. In recognition of their inspiring moments, the winners will be given a platform to host a virtual session on a topic of their choice to raise their own profile or promote a cause that is dear to them. In addition, Visa will give each winning athlete the opportunity to choose an eligible charity to which Visa will donate $50,000 USD, in an effort to directly impact the community and promote equality and inclusion.
The Visa Award: 'We have no shortage of inspirational' moments
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games represent the best of who we are, and The Visa Award is designed to highlight special moments of perseverance, inclusion and friendship in a celebration of humanity,” said Olympian and IOC Athletes’ Commission member Sarah Walker. “As with each Olympic Games, the world witnesses examples of these moments reminding us we are stronger together and that athletes, through their memorable actions, have the power to inspire the world and bring us closer together as a global community.”
“We remember Olympic and Paralympic athletes as much for their extraordinary physical feats as we do for the moments when they put competition aside, and remind us what it means to lead with purpose and positive intent,” said Andrea Fairchild, Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship Strategy, Visa. “These are moments we think are also worth encouraging and recognizing, and we are excited to see how fans all around the world help us do this.”
Chelsey Gottell, Chairperson of the IPC Athletes’ Council added: “The Visa Award is a wonderful addition to the Games as not only is it rewarding athletes for their great deeds on the field of play, it’s providing a platform that engages sports fans all over the world to celebrate the best of sport. I have no doubt that The Visa Award will be hotly contested in Tokyo because at the Paralympic Games we have no shortage of inspirational and unifying athlete moments.”