Competing and being part of the Games

  • What does an athlete have to do to participate in the Olympic Games?
    • Taking part in the Olympic Games is every athlete’s dream, and requires huge amounts of determination and long years of training.

      Athletes must first comply with the Olympic Charter and follow the rules of the International Federation (IF) governing their sport. The IFs establish the rules and organise qualifying events, while the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the athlete’s country supports the athlete and is responsible for entering them for the Games.

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  • Got a specific question related to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020?
    • For any specific questions related to the organisation of the Tokyo 2020 Games, please consult the FAQ section on the Organising Committee website:

  • How can I purchase tickets for the Olympic Summer Games in Toyko in 2020?
    • Ticket sales are under the responsibility of the Tokyo Organising Committee. As such, we recommend you visit the dedicated section on their official website:


  • I would like to work for the IOC. What should I do?
    • Job offers and IOC internships as well as useful information on professional development at our organisation are available on the “IOC Careers” platform.

      Applications for vacancies can be submitted via this online space.

  • Where do the athletes live during the Olympic Games?
    • During the two weeks of the Games, the athletes live in the Olympic Village. This is a residential complex, generally located close to the Olympic stadium, where the world’s athletes in all the Olympic sports live together.

      The Olympic Village is safe and comfortable. During the Games, it provides for all the athletes’ needs and protects them from disturbance by the outside world. The Village includes the athletes’ accommodation, together with an international zone which includes shops, various services and leisure facilities.

      Once the Games are over, the Olympic Village is usually turned into a new residential zone for the host city, with the accommodation being sold or rented to the local population.

      However, the athletes have not always had their own Village. The accommodation provided for the 1932 Games in Los Angeles is regarded as the first official modern Olympic Village.

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