The test events for the competition venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have already started, with World Sailing’s World Cup Series held at Enoshima in September 2018, with a repeat performance in 2019, and the Japan Swimming Championships at the Tatsumi Water Polo Centre in October last year.
The next one will be the UIMP World Cup Final for modern pentathlon at the Musashino Forest Sport Centre in June, and the last one will be the Tokyo Challenge Track Meet in the Olympic Stadium in May 2020. In all, there will be 56 test events at the Games venues, in and around the Japanese capital, over a period of 11 months.
Some will be scheduled domestic and international sports events, and 22 others will be specifically organised by Tokyo 2020, featuring the new “Ready, Steady, Tokyo” brand name and logo.
Test events are a kind of rehearsal for everyone involved in the Games. The athletes, who get to try out the venues where they will be competing for medals; the organisers, who check that everything works properly and test the logistical aspects, with a view to making any final adjustments; and the public, who get a first glimpse of the main event to come, and can already discover the world’s best athletes in new sports.
The brand name and logo chosen by the Games organisers for these test events aims to express the excitement that is building as the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 edge closer. It derives from the “Ready, Steady, Go” used to start a race, with “steady” additionally signifying that Tokyo 2020 is keeping to its charted course as it heads towards its goal of hosting incredible Games. The overall message of the brand name is “We are ready for Tokyo 2020. Let’s stay focused as we move forward to successful Games.”
The logo is expressed using brush strokes that echo Japanese calligraphy. It is inspired by the passion and powerful movements of dynamic athletes, exuding sweat, splashing water and kicking up earth as they perform.