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.
There is no specific age limit for taking part in the Olympic Games. This depends on each International Sports Federation and the rules it lays down for its sport.
The thousands of volunteers greatly contribute to the success of the Games. The recruitment of volunteers for the Olympic Games is under the responsibility of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG). As such you can apply to the respective OCOG:
For any specific questions related to the organisation of the Tokyo 2020 Games, please consult the FAQ section on the Organising Committee website:
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus led the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese government to agree to postpone the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games by one year, and select new dates: the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 and the Paralympic Games from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Postponing the Games represents an enormous challenge for the Olympic Movement and all its partners. It will require numerous discussions between the various stakeholders on issues that are key for the proper holding of the Games: making sure that the competition and non-competition venues are available, the athlete qualification process, ticketing, the Olympic flame and torch relay, agreements with sponsors, TOP partners, Olympic broadcasters, etc. To address all these issues, a task force entitled “Here we go” was created under the aegis of the Tokyo 2020 Coordination Commission and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.
For more information on the postponement of the Olympic Games, take a look at these articles published on olympic.org:
Ticket sales are under the responsibility of the Tokyo Organising Committee. As such, we recommend you visit the dedicated section on their official website:
Carrying the Olympic torch is an unforgettable experience, and to have the chance to do this, you need to contact the Organising Committee for the Games (OCOG). The OCOG is responsible for the torch relay. For the next Games:
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.
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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