IOC Executive Board and Athletes’ Commission discuss Tokyo 2020 final preparations

During their regular joint meeting, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IOC Athletes’ Commission (AC) discussed the final preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, including the athlete experience and COVID-19 countermeasures.

Joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and IOC Athletes’ Commission IOC / Greg Martin

During today’s meeting, the Chair of the IOC AC, Kirsty Coventry, said: “The Olympic Games will start in a few days, and the athletes are so excited that their competitions are fast approaching. Athletes will benefit from a wide range of activities supported by our Olympic Partners. The programmes have been designed to ensure that all athletes will have the best experience while competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The initiatives in place at the Olympic Village will also promote our shared values of respect, peace, equality, inclusion and solidarity.”

Joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and IOC Athletes’ Commission IOC/Greg Martin

With only four days to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the focus of the meeting was on the diligent preparations put in place by the organisers to allow the athletes of the world to compete at their best while ensuring the safety of all Games participants.

Many of the 11,000 athletes due to compete at the Games have now landed in Tokyo and expressed their gratitude, support and excitement.

The health and safety of athletes have been one of the key principles in the delivery of the Olympic Games, with stringent COVID-19 countermeasures put in place to protect all those involved while preserving the athlete experience.

Joint meeting of the IOC Executive Board and IOC Athletes’ Commission IOC/Greg Martin

At Tokyo 2020, athletes will elect four members of the IOC AC to replace those finishing their terms. Voting opened on 13 July in the Olympic Village, with 30 candidates standing for election.

Athletes from 205 National Olympic Committees and the IOC Refugee Olympic Team will compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which will take place from 23 July to 8 August.

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